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The poetics of mind : figurative thought, language and understanding
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  • The poetics of mind : figurative thought, language and understanding
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  • Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge : 1994
  • 1994
  • Språk: Engelska.
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  • ix, 527 s. 23 cm
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  • 0521419654
  • 0521429927
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The traditional view of the mind holds that poetic language is a special human ability requiring different cognitive and linguistic skills than employed in ordinary language. The author overturns the traditional perspective by showing how figurative aspects of language reveal the poetic structure of mind. Ideas and research from psychology, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, and literary theory are used to establish important links between the poetic structure of thought and everyday use of language. The Poetics of Mind evaluates current philosophical, linguistic, and literary theories of figurative language and relates the empirical work on figurative language understanding to the broader issues concerning the nature of everyday thought and reasoning.

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