Originally published in 1980, this is a book about the psychology of figurative language. It is however, eclectic and therefore should be of interest to professionals and students in education, linguistics, philosophy, sociolinguistics, and other concerned with meaning and cognition. The editors felt there was a pressing need to bring together the growing empirical efforts of this topic. In a sense, recognition of the theoretical importance of figurative language symbolized the transition from the psycholinguistics of the 1960s to that of the late 1970s, that is from a linguistic semantics to a more comprehensive psychological semantics with a healthy respect for context, inference, world knowledge, and above all creative imagination. The organization of the volume reflects the more basic, general concerns with cognition – from historical and philosophical background, through problems of mental representation and semantic theory, to developmental trends, and to applications in problem solving.
Table of Contents
Preface. Part 1: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives 1. A Peacock Looks at its Legs: Cognitive Science and Figurative Language Robert R. Hoffman and Richard P. Honeck 2. Historical Notes on Figurative Language Richard P. Honeck 3. A Philosophical Perspective on the Problems of Metaphor Mark Johnson 4. Some Psycholinguistic Aspects of Metaphor Andrew Ortony Part 2: Processing and Representation 5. Transformations in Knowing: A Realist View of Metaphor Robert R. Verbrugge 6. Proverbs, Meaning, and Group Structure Richard P. Honeck, Katherine Voegtle, Mark A. Dorfmueller and Robert R. Hoffman 7. Metaphors and Images: Rating, Reporting, and Remembering Richard J. Harris, Mary Anne Lahey and Faith Marsalek 8. Mental Imagery and the Comprehension of Figurative Language: Is there a Relationship? Paul F. Riechmann and Ellen L. Coste Part 3: Foundations in Semantic Theory 9. The Cognitive Dynamics of Synesthesia and Metaphor Charles E. Osgood 10. Measurement of Figurative Language: Semantic Feature Models of Comprehension and Appreciation Robert G. Malgady and Michael G. Johnson 11. Toward a Perceptual Theory of Metaphoric Comprehension Michael G. Johnson and Robert G. Malgady 12. Topic-Vehicle Relations in Metaphor: The Issue of Assymetry Part 4: Developmental Aspects 13. The Developmental Structure of Figurative Competence Marilyn R. Pollio and James D. Pickens 14. The Ontogenesis of Metaphor Ellen Winner, Margaret McCarthy and Howard Gardner Part 5: Problem Solving 15. Metaphoric Competence and Complex Human Problem Solving Howard R. Pollio and Michael K. Smith 16. Metaphor in Science Robert R. Hoffman. Author Index. Subject Index.