Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, the book provides a thorough grounding in metaphor and word meaning, theories on the processing and understanding of metaphorical language, and metaphor in other languages and translation. Rosamund Moon and Murray Knowles, draw on a wide selection of material to explore metaphor in relation to text, discourse and society. Linguistic metaphor and literary metaphor are examined across a range of contexts, such as politics, sport and advertising, whilst literary metaphor is demonstrated through authentic extracts from fiction and poetry. A final section covering non-verbal metaphor looks at metaphor in art, cinema and music.
'A valuable and enlightening contribution … an excellent introductory textbook to metaphor studies, accessible both to people who are being introduced to the study of metaphor for the very first time and to people well-versed in metaphor studies … this book is strongly recommended … it is a real contribution to metaphor studies.' – The Linguist List