METAPHORICAL CONCEPTS BEYOND EVERYDAY LANGUAGE

Posted On Jul 27 2012 by

Along the years, metaphors have been perceived as powerful instruments of effectiveness used by writers to achieve a certain literary effect. However, they are more than rhetorical devices employed by orators and writers to strengthen and decorate their speeches and composition. Recently, cognitive linguists have demonstrated that metaphors play an important role in language and constitute people’s primary mode of mental operation, influencing the way in which they conceptualize abstract concepts such as identity, morality, life, love, etc. Thus, metaphor proves to be the main mechanism through which people comprehend abstract concepts and perform abstract reasoning. Nowadays, we can talk …


METAPHORS AS SIGNS: BETWEEN COGNITIVE ATTITUDES AND COGNITIVE STANDPOINTS

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Our article aims at reporting on the study of three educational constructs: “teacher”, “learner”, “classroom”, which are treated by us as semiotic objects. In our study we assume a cognitive linguistics investigating perspective. We collect the data through the tool of metaphors. Adopting the approach and methods proposed within the framework of Lakoff and Johnson’s Conceptual Metaphor Theory, we are going to access metaphorical representations of the cognitive model of education from 3 groups of Polish respondents: students from three Polish regions studying in extramural BA or MA programmes for English teachers. It should be added that although our respondents …