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Linguistics, Vol.6 No.1 September 2005. -

We wish to establish to what extent the methods of analysis developed within the

framework of the Cognitive Theory of Metaphor CTM can be applied to idiom

analysis. Conventionalised figurative metaphors, and hence idioms, have a different

function and a different cognitive and communicative value, as compared to

novel metaphors. Idioms contribute much less to the structuring of unstructured

situations, but they rather convey different kinds of knowledge that they have accumulated

in the course of their functioning in the language. What is needed in

addition to CTM is a theory specially designed to describe the irregularities of

idioms. To develop such a theory is the main aim of modern idiom research. This

paper should be viewed as a contribution to developing such a theory.

idiom analysis; Conventional Figurative Language Theory; Cognitive Theory of Metaphor; conceptual metaphor, cultural semiotics; cultural knowledge; image component; symbolic meaning

Autor: Dmitrij Dobrovol’skij - ; Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Russian Language, Department



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