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Perception metaphors: a view from diversity

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Title of host publicationPerception Metaphors
DatePublished - 2019
Number of pages17
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Original languageEnglish


Our bodily experiences play an important role in the way that we think
and speak. Abstract language is, however, difficult to reconcile with this
body-centred view, unless we appreciate the role metaphors play. To explore
the role of the senses across semantic domains, we focus on perception metaphors,
and examine their realisation across diverse languages, methods, and
approaches. To what extent do mappings in perception metaphor adhere to predictions
based on our biological propensities; and to what extent is there space
for cross-linguistic and cross-cultural variation? We find that while some metaphors
have widespread commonality, there is more diversity attested than should
be comfortable for universalist accounts.

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