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Who Does This Remind You Of?

Via A. Ross Otto. And where do they get those actors?

Explaining the War of the Metaphors1

In his comment to my post on conceptual metaphor theory (CMT), reposted here, Dr. Gibbs writes: The topic of why conceptual metaphor theory arouses such vehemence is one that greatly interests me and is again the subject of my in progress book. My own opinion is that conceptual metaphor theory, and other related ideas from…

Conceptual Metaphor Comment by Dr. Gibbs

In the previous entry, I made some disparaging remarks about conceptual metaphor theory (CMT), and George Lakoff specifically. I also noted that, in my experience,, the psycholinguist Raymond Gibbs, Jr. is the only one in the cognitive linguistics who seriously addresses the evidence and theoretical arguments against CMT from outside cognitive linguistics. As he’s done…

In case you haven’t heard about it, there’s a relatively new blog in the cognitive science section of the blog world called Cognitive Approaches to Literature. They don’t post very often over there, but if they ever start doing so, it promises to be an interesting read with lively discussions. The latest addition to the…

A friend of mine and I were having a conversation today, and one of us (I don’t remember who) brought up a poster that we’d seen at a conference a few years ago. Later, I wondered what had become of the work in the poster (it’s about negative numbers being represented on a mental number…

Time-Space Metaphors: A Proposed Experiment

Earlier today I posted about the spatial and temporal ventriloquism aftereffects. One of the reasons I find those effects fascinating because I think they might hint at a counterargument to recent studies by Daniel Casasanto and Lera Boroditsky that seem to provide evidence that time is metaphorically structured through spatial experience and concepts, as I…

The last post on time-space metaphor research has sparked a really interesting discussion in the comments (go check it out), so I thought I’d talk about some more research to see if we can’t get even more people talking. If you’ve been following that discussion, this is the research by Daniel Casasanto and Lera Boroditsky…

Implicit Agency in Time-Space Metaphors

As I’ve said before, the primary (if not the only) real experimental evidence for conceptual metaphor theory — the theory that abstract concepts are structured by more concrete (i.e., closer to sensory/perceptual) concepts — comes from one domain: time. Time, according to conceptual metaphor theory, is structured primarily through spatial metaphors. In English, there are…

Lakoff the Chomskyan?

You know things have taken a turn for the surreal when George Lakoff is described as “an admirer of Noam Chomsky.” I may dislike his linguistics and his political theory, but I have to pat him on the back for striking such a nerve with the wingnuts that they are willing to call a man…

Raymond Gibbs Jr. Comment on Metaphor

Raymond Gibbs Jr., psycholinguist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, one of the principle adherents of cognitive linguistics and conceptual metaphor theory, was kind enough to leave a comment at the post “Idioms, Metaphors, and Lakoff, Oh My!.” Dr. Gibbs’ book, The Poetics of Mind: Figurative Thought, Language, and Understanding is a must read…