"… all spirits, and are melted into air, into thin air": Metaphorical connections in the history of English

Alexander, M. and Kay, C. (2018) "… all spirits, and are melted into air, into thin air": Metaphorical connections in the history of English. In: Petré, P., Cuyckens, H. and D'hiedt, F. (eds.) Sociocultural Dimensions of Lexis and Text in the History of English. Series: Current issues in linguistic theory (343). John Benjamins Publishing Company: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia, pp. 61-76. ISBN 9789027200792 (doi:10.1075/cilt.343.03ale)

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Abstract

This article uses data from Mapping metaphor with the Historical thesaurus to describe conceptual connections between the supernatural and other areas of the lexicon across the history of English. By discussing the cases of angels and evil in some detail, we also argue that the data and worldview presented here about the spirit world challenge the conventional concrete/abstract division found in metaphor theory, and propose an alternative.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kay, Professor Christian and Alexander, Professor Marc
Authors: Alexander, M., and Kay, C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Sociocultural Dimensions of Lexis and Text in the History of English
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN:0304-0763
ISBN:9789027200792
Published Online:04 July 2018

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