1. What are metaphor wars?; 2. Conceptual metaphor analysis; 3. Identifying metaphors in language; 4. Inferring conceptual metaphors from language; 5. Psychology of conceptual metaphors in verbal metaphor use; 6. Conceptual metaphors in multimodal experience; 7. Conclusion and the future; Endnotes; References; Index.
Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research interests focus on embodied cognition, pragmatics and figurative language. He is the author of several books, including The Poetics of Mind: Figurative Thought, Language and Understanding (Cambridge, 1994), Intentions in the Experience of Meaning (Cambridge, 2000), Embodiment and Cognitive Science (Cambridge, 2006), and with Herbert Colston, Interpreting Figurative Meaning (with Herbert L. Colston, Cambridge, 2012). He is also editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Metaphor and Thought (Cambridge, 2008), and editor of the journal Metaphor and Symbol.
'Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr discusses serious issues clearly, eloquently, and always listening to the arguments raised by the critics. He patiently presents his counter-arguments and talks about the many research results produced by the conceptual metaphor theory community, and outside it, results that many of the critics have not even heard of or simply ignored.' Zoltan Koevecses, Eoetvoes Lorand University, Budapest 'This book, by one of the top researchers in cognitive linguistics, is an important contribution to the debate about how people use and understand metaphor ... Scholars and researchers engaged directly in metaphor research will find it essential reading.' PsycCRITIQUES