Contexts of Metaphor (Current Research in the Semantics/Pragmatics Interface)

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This study presents an approach to metaphor that systematically takes contextual factors into account. It analyses how metaphors both depend on, and change, the context in which they are uttered, and specifically, how metaphorical interpretation involves the articulation of asserted, implied and presupposed material. It supplements this semantic analysis with a practice-based account of metaphor at the conceptual level, which stresses the role of sociocultural factors in concept formation.

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Raymond W. Gibbs Jr., University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
There are many books on metaphor these days, but "Contexts of Metaphor" demands scholars' immediate attention. Michiel Leezenberg has provided an insightful account of metaphor and context-dependence that will surely have an impact on philosophical and linguistic theories of metaphor. But Leezenberg has also written a deeply scholarly book that nicely evaluates many historical and contemporary views of metaphor across disciplines. His analyses are very impressive, and the breadth of his work is astonishing. "Contexts of Metaphor" is a major addition to metaphor scholarship.
Jay David Atlas, Pomona College, Claremont, USA
At the hands of J. Stern, M. Bergmann, P. Bosch, and now Michiel Leezenberg, David Kaplan's logic of demonstratives has generated a fruitful approach to the semantics of metaphor. Leezenberg's book is the most recent and most developed application of indexical semantics to metaphor. His discussion of pre- twenty-first century views is particularly welcome, while his criticism of competing views from contemporary linguistics, philosophy, and psychology of language is astute and comprehensive. Leezenberg has created a compelling account of metaphor as contextual interpretation.
Zouhair Maalej
...the first [book on metaphor] in which the author gives due importance to the contribution not only of Western but also non-Western thinkers.
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Seana Coulson, University of California, San Diego
...Indeed, Leezenberg's theory is somewhat like an iceberg, with a concise semantics theory above the surface, and a far more complex theory of dynamic conceptualization below. While Kaplanand Bourdieu might make strange bedfellows, this Frankenstein of metaphor theories is a fine beast to behold.
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