Jul 05 2010
Prof. Raymond Gibbs of the University of California Santa Cruz will deliver the fifth and final lecuture in the ‘Cognition & Poetics’ lecture series at the IfAA. Prof. Gibbs’ talk is entitled Embodiment in the Metaphorical Imagination. It will be held on Wednesday, 7 July at 18:00 in 41/112 (Altes Kreishaus).
One of the key discoveries in the contemporary revolution in metaphor studies is the embodied nature of metaphorical thought and language. Although metaphor is traditionally seen as a special kind of poetic language, the demonstrations from cognitive linguistics and many other disciplines that metaphor is a fundamental scheme of thought has cast metaphor in a new light within the scientific understanding of the human mind. Metaphor, far from being an ornamental aspect of language, is integral to the way people speak and think about a wide variety of human events and abstract concepts. Yet metaphor is not now just something we think by, it is a mode of being that arises from recurring patterns of embodied experience. When we talk, in English, of “My new research is off to a good start,” we do so because movement along a path is a pervasive bodily experience in everyday life that provides an ideal foundation for thinking about the more abstract idea of progress toward some abstract goal (e.g., PROGRESS TOWARD A GOAL IS MOVEMENT ALONG A PATH TOWARD A DESTINATION). Continue Reading »