Metaphorical Thinking and Comparison Cognition

Yong WU


Metaphor in language is the manifestation of metaphorical thinking. Although metaphor has been studied from different perspectives with different focuses, systematic researches on metaphor have seldom been conducted from the angle of metaphorical thinking. Approaching from the perspective of thinking, this paper aims to elaborate the cognitive mechanism of metaphor and claims that comparison cognition generates metaphorical thinking which is a dynamic process consisting of some cognitive links that constitute an organic whole.


Metaphor; Metaphorical thinking; Comparison cognition

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