Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Interpreting Novel Metaphors

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of International Review of Pragmatics

This paper examines how categorization accounts handle cases of novel metaphor which involve “category-crossing” (e.g. “Her mind is a jungle”, “His life was a skiff with no oar”). I provide a stringent characterization of the cases I have in mind and show that the relevance-theoretic account of metaphor (Carston, 2002; Sperber and Wilson, 2008) as well as other central categorization accounts (Glucksberg, 2001; Recanati, 2004) lack the resources to explain such cases. An adequate categorization account, I argue, cannot avoid incorporating the central element of rival, comparison-based, views: analogy. I show how this might be done within a categorization framework.

Affiliations: 1: Wellesley College, Wellesley MA, USA


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    International Review of Pragmatics — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation