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A Hybrid Theory of Metaphor

Relevance Theory and Cognitive Linguistics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Markus Tendahl
    Pages 1-6
  3. Markus Tendahl
    Pages 7-111
  4. Markus Tendahl
    Pages 112-137
  5. Markus Tendahl
    Pages 138-191
  6. Markus Tendahl
    Pages 192-247
  7. Markus Tendahl
    Pages 248-260
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 261-282

About this book


A provoking new approach to how we understand metaphors thoroughly comparing and contrasting the claims made by relevance theorists and cognitive linguists. The resulting hybrid theory shows the complementarity of many positions as well as the need and possibility of achieving a broader and more realistic theory of our understanding.


cognitive linguistics future knowledge linguistics linguists metaphor understanding

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of DortmundGermany

About the authors

MARKUS TENDAHL is Lecturer in the Department of English and American Studies, University of Dortmund, Germany. He has published articles in the Journal of Pragmatics and Mind and Language.

Bibliographic information


' Tendahl's work is full of merit and should be considered a major step in reconciling positions between apparently divergent but actually complementary theoretical frameworks.' -Metaphor and Symbol