LING 3185 Figurative Language

Metaphor is part of our basic ability to understand the abstract in terms of the concrete. This ability is manifested in many aspects of language and communication–from everyday conversations to scientific explanation. We will learn how to analyze the metaphorical systems that we use to reason about abstract phenomena like emotion, conflict, purpose, relationships, power, causation, time, life and ideation. We will use this framework to understand how new word meanings develop and how meaning is grounded in embodied experience. We will also learn to distinguish metaphor from other common types of figurative language, including irony. Recommended prerequisite or corequisite: LING 3430 and junior or senior class standing.

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