Metaphors We Live By
  • Metaphors We Live By
  • Metaphors We Live By
  • Metaphors We Live By
  • Metaphors We Live By
  • Metaphors We Live By
ISBN: 0226468011
EAN13: 9780226468013
Language: English
Pages: 242
Dimensions: 0.73" H x 8.5" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.98 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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The now-classic Metaphors We Live By changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects. Because such metaphors structure our most basic understandings of our experience, they are metaphors we live by-metaphors that can shape our perceptions and actions without our ever noticing them.

In this updated edition of Lakoff and Johnson's influential book, the authors supply an afterword surveying how their theory of metaphor has developed within the cognitive sciences to become central to the contemporary understanding of how we think and how we express our thoughts in language.

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As a poet and student of human behavior, I am fascinated by this book and the concepts it portrays. I think I am already going for a third read... Some of the concepts are bound to stick, I say!
   Great, although a little stuffy
It was a bit more philosophical than I expected, but the analyzing on conceptual metaphors and how they penetrate and explain the way we think and speak is insightful and educational. The conclusion of all meaning is therefore not a sudden leap, a bridge missing several planks so to speak, but the first two-thirds or so is still substantial, even if many of the books claim and axioms are repeated without new wording every chapter or so, as if the reader would forget if not reminded every few paragraphs.
   A very sharp analysis of the system of metaphors that is a basis of the English language
An excellent, systematic analysis of phrases that build the seemingly random system that uses the whole language without the users giving the slightest thought about it. It begins stealthily with phrases we use all the time and develops the topic into a full, coherent, philosophical system built in a perfectly logical way and governs all social, scientific, etc. Discourses : Not the easiest read at all, but provides a lot of background to the language, not forgetting that other languages operate based on a different metaphorical system. The book is not new at all, but I find it indispensable that I re-read it again, as I don 't think that anything similar and deep has been published since then.
   How metaphors shape our perceptions of (whatever "reality") is
The essence of metaphor is understanding and experiencing a kind of thing in terms of another. That is simple enough. But this classical analysis explains how metaphors are far more than figures of speech or literary embellishments. Metaphors are the filter through which we see our world -- our reality, understand and describe. The examples are interesting and amusing. I 'll leave you with this one : the waitress says, the ham sandwich wants his check. -- the person characterized as a paying customer is dehumanized. But in the context of a busy restaurant at lunchtime, completely reasonable. Plunge in and read more about how we see and describe our world by using metaphors that we are not even aware of.
   Five stars with some caveats
This book builds a foundation for how metaphors organize our thinking. The first eleven chapters should be read by all. Ideas such as Argument is War. Because we often say, we've been fighting all day. Or I lost the argument ''. Instead than saying, we've been a problem solving all day long. Eventually, we found a solution. I felt bound to every chapter, striving to find even a sliver of the gold that was the first eleven. This book is to buy the Kindle. Invest in the First Eleven : The last nineteen months has been spent by Skim. It's well worth the time spent.
   So many words with so little to say
Too much repetition for my tastes, with far too much time spent explaining simple concepts in excruciating detail.
   Welcome to the brain, metaphorically meaning.
This is the brain's pop-up book. The brain does wall painting, singing, representing, falling, awakening through the sounds that invisibly carry our inner states outward, coded and transmitted to another wall. Before reading and living with this material, words held their meaning like rocks on a path way stretching into the distance. This book pushed the path high, permitted cracks between the words, produced mountains to swim, oceans to climb, brooks to hear. I laughed out of surprise, and was stunned into a wide-eyed wonder. And wondering why it has taken so long for the brain to write this book about the brain. I do not know how to end this effort because I am stuck and I feel like I have fallen into a hole. Overnight, I hope a tunnel opens so that I can get out of this box. T'' is a very nice gift for us.
   A Seminal Work
The discovery that far from being flowery expressions of fundamental concepts, metaphors are fundamental concepts themselves in this book. It is profound and for those who love language, also a lot of fun.