Metaphorical Phrases and the Concept of Self-Awareness

How is Self-Awareness expressed through reflexive-metaphorical constructions? Which patterns underlie them, and how can they be identified? In Metaphoric self-awareness in reflexive constructions Dr. Barry Grossman investigates the linguistic structures of these types of metaphorical constructions; syntactically, semantically, and by way of cognitive and corpus linguistic theory and analyses. His book has been released at GRIN Publishing in April 2019.

English speakers often use metaphorical constructions to express their Self-Awareness. However, we barely think about what underlies these constructions. What does the phrase „find oneself“ mean for example? Does a person „find oneself“ in the same way one finds a coin on the sidewalk? Dr. Barry Grossman investigates the underlying conceptual commonality of these types of metaphorical phrases. It is the concept of Self-Awareness, not simply in reference to a speaker“s self-knowledge, but an acute meta-awareness of one“s state or situation, that those constructions have in common.

A multi-dimensional view of linguistic meaning and structure

Metaphoric self-awareness in reflexive constructions combines syntax and semantics, as well as cognitive linguistic theory and corpus linguistic analyses to approach a contentious issue raised in the past by many, but explained sufficiently by few. It studies the cognitive reality of perceptual self-awareness as an image schema used to drive metaphoric construal within the reflexive construction. Grossman was inspired to adopt a new perspective on this issue by his experience as a linguist but also as a Yogi and practitioner of Insight Meditation. He dares to take a multi-dimensional view of linguistic meaning and structure and test that view against the reality of corpus data. His book represents a breakthrough in modern linguistic hypothesis testing and a guide for objective procedures for analysing metaphor and metonymy.

About the author

Dr. Barry Grossman graduated in English Literature and Linguistics and went to Japan as an English teacher. He was promoted to full Professor in 2013 and graduated with a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham in 2018. He has published numerous articles in the field of English education and Cognitive and Corpus Linguistics and has presented his research internationally. His current research interests include the corpus investigation of metaphor and metonymy in English, mindfulness-based education and Data Driven Learning in EFL.

The book has been released at GRIN Publishing in April 2018 (ISBN: 978-3-668-89153-1)

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