Conceptual complexity in metaphorical resemblance operations revisited

  1. Alicia Galera Masegosa 1
  2. Aneider Iza Erviti 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Rioja

    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España

    GRID grid.119021.a

Revista española de lingüística aplicada

ISSN: 0213-2028

Year of publication: 2015

Volume: 28

Volume: 1

Pages: 97-117

Type: Article

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DOI: 10.1075/resla.28.1.05gal GOOGLE SCHOLAR


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  • Year 2015
  • Journal Impact Factor: 0.15
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The present article is concerned with the analysis of so-called metaphoric resemblance operations. Our corpus of animal metaphors, as representative of resemblance metaphors, reveals that there are complex cognitive operations other than simple one-correspondence mappings that are necessary to understand the interpretation process of the selected expressions (which include metaphor and simile). We have identified a strong underlying situational component in many of the examples under scrutiny, which requires the metonymic expansion of the metaphoric source. Additionally, metaphoric amalgams (understood as the combination of the conceptual material from two or more metaphors) and high-level metonymy in interaction with low-level metaphor are also essential for the analysis of animal metaphors.