About primary metaphors

Paula Lenz Costa Lima


One important contribution to the Contemporary Theory of Metaphor id Grady's Primary Metaphor Hypothesis (1997), which claims that the emergence and nature of conceptual metaphors are often grounded in more experiential metaphorical patterns, called primary metaphors. The new hypothesis changes considerably the ideas concerning the generation of metaphors, in comparison to the former view. In this paper we discuss some of these mains changes, namely the caracteristics of source and target domain, the fundamental construct, and the licensing of metaphorical expressions.


conceptual metaphor; primary metaphor; primary scenes; metaphor licensing

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Revista Delta-Documentação e Estudos em Linguística Teórica e Aplicada ISSN 1678-460X