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How Metaphor Structures Dreams

The Theory of Conceptual Metaphor Applied to Dream Analysis
  • George Lakoff


It was discovered in the late 1970s that the mind contains an enormous system of general conceptual metaphors—ways of understanding relatively abstract concepts in terms of those that are more concrete. Much of our everyday language and thought makes use of such conceptual metaphors. This chapter claims that the system of conceptual metaphor that functions in ordinary thought and language is also used, first, to provide plausible interpretations of dreams and, second, to generate dreams.


Target Domain Conceptual System Source Domain Conceptual Metaphor Love Relationship 
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