Perception metaphor in English: a bird's-eye view

Anderson, W. (2019) Perception metaphor in English: a bird's-eye view. In: Speed, L. J., O'Meara, C., San Roque, L. and Majid, A. (eds.) Perception Metaphors. Series: Converging evidence in language and communication research (19). John Benjamins Publishing Company: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia, pp. 65-83. ISBN 9789027202000 (doi: 10.1075/celcr.19.04and)

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This chapter offers a perspective on perception metaphor based on the evidence of the recorded language history of English. It draws on the analysis carried out by the “Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus” project, which in turn exploits lexicographical evidence representing the English language over a period of more than a millennium. The foundation of the project is the principle that metaphor can be discerned in the lexis shared across semantic fields. The chapter gives an overview of metaphors with either a source or a target in each of the five perception categories and uses examples from the relatively neglected senses, Touch, Taste and Smell, to illustrate the richness and long history of perception metaphors in English.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Diachronic, English, metaphor, digital humanities, perception, semantic change, touch, Historical Thesaurus of English, smell, taste.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Anderson, Professor Wendy
Authors: Anderson, W.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing Company
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
547001Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English DictionaryWendy AndersonArts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/I02266X/1CRIT - ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS