Particular thanks to Catherine Elgin, Richard Heck, Richard Moran, and Rob Stainton for many discussions and comments on earlier drafts of this paper. Thanks also to Anne Bezuidenhout, Ishani Maitra, Josef Stern, and an anonymous referee for this journal, as well as audiences at UCLA and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) where this material was presented. This research was funded in part by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Metaphor and What is Said
Article first published online: 26 MAY 2006
2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Mind & Language
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 310–332, June 2006
How to Cite
WEARING, C. (2006), Metaphor and What is Said. Mind & Language, 21: 310–332. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0017.2006.00280.x
- Issue published online: 26 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 26 MAY 2006
Abstract: In this paper, I argue for an account of metaphorical content as what is said when a speaker utters a metaphor. First, I show that two other possibilities—the Gricean account of metaphor as implicature and the strictly semantic account developed by Josef Stern—face several serious problems. In their place, I propose an account that takes metaphorical content to cross-cut the semantic-pragmatic distinction. This requires re-thinking the notion of metaphorical content, as well as the relation between the metaphorical and the literal.