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- x, 232 p. ; 22 cm.
- "The Extent of the Literal is concerned with a number of issues central to semantics, psychology, cognitive science and philosophy. The author develops a striking new approach to metaphor and polysemy, bringing into serious doubt the widespread assumption of a literal-metaphorical distinction in which for a large number of words only one meaning is considered as 'basic' with all other meanings considered as metaphorical extensions. She argues for a 'no polysemy' view of conceptual structure, so that a theory of word meaning does not also have to be a theory of concepts. Drawing on experimental evidence from psychology and neuroscience she challenges seminal work on metaphor and polysemy within cognitive linguistics, lexical semantics and analytical philosophy."--BOOK JACKET.1. Introduction: On the Nature of the Literal-Metaphorical Distinction -- 2. Metaphor in Cognitive Linguistics -- 3. The 'Hot' Polysemy -- 4. Across Sensory Modalities -- 5. Double-Function Terms -- 6. Double-Function Terms Again -- 7. Words and Concepts -- 8. Back to Cognitive Semantics -- 9. Polysemy in Lexical Semantics -- 10. The No-Polysemy View: What It Is and What It Is Not -- 11. A Very Short Conclusion.Includes bibliographical references and index.