What is it about?
We briefly introduce each of the chapters in the volume, noting that the guiding principle running through the chapters is a consideration of which modes play a role in the identification and interpretation of the metaphors studied. Almost invariably, this entails taking into account the genre to which the discourse featuring a multimodal metaphor belongs: advertisements, political cartoons, comics, animation, musical compositions, oral conversations and lectures, feature films. A third recurring dimension is the extent to which a metaphor is not only embodied but also governed by the cultural or professional community in which it functions.
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Why is it important?
This is the first book-length study on multimodal metaphor, a quickly developing branch of metaphor studies within the cognitivist paradigm.
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