Metaphor in physical-and-speech action expressions

Cameron, Lynne (2010). Metaphor in physical-and-speech action expressions. In: Low, Graham; Todd, Zazie; Deignan, Alice and Cameron, Lynne eds. Researching and Applying Metaphor in the Real World. Human Cognitive Processing (26). Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamin, pp. 333–356.



In this chapter, I discuss a phenomenon observed on the shifting borders of metaphor that I have called ‘physical-and-speech action’ expressions. These expressions combine a physical action verb with a prepositional particle and a speech action verb: stand up and declare, turn round and say, sit down and talk, and the physical action verb metaphorically carries attitude and value in respect of the speech action. I present empirical findings around two such expressions, using a methodology that combines small and large corpora, and offer a theoretical explanation, using complex dynamic systems theory and recent developments in grounded cognition to integrate the social, cognitive, linguistic and affective.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 25490
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  • Book Section
  • ISBN
  • 90-272-2380-7, 978-90-272-2380-7
  • Keywords
  • affect; dynamic systems; metaphor; physical action; verbs
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  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
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  • © 2010 The Author
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  • Lynne Cameron