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Written exam: Metaphors in human cognition

Published on January 17th, 2008


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Since the publication of ‘Metaphors We Live By’, by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson in 1980, the theory of conceptual metaphors and image schemes has received quite a lot of attention. Although the theory has also been subject to severe criticism, the cognitive linguistic tradition has grown into a field of its own.

This paper answers the following questions:

How do image schemas structure our (human) conceptualization of the world? And how does image schemas relate to conceptual metaphors? How can the three metaphorical ex-amples (1) “running for president”, (2) “The deal rescues Countrywide” and (3) “she is a Houston-jumper” be analyzed in terms of conceptual metaphor theory and image schemas?

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