Iconicity and metaphor: Constraints on metaphorical extension of iconic forms

  title={Iconicity and metaphor: Constraints on metaphorical extension of iconic forms},
  author={Irit Meir},
  pages={865 - 896}
  • Irit Meir
  • Published 30 December 2010
  • Linguistics
  • Language
Some conceptual metaphors common in spoken languages are infelicitous in sign languages. The explanation suggested in this article is that the iconicity of these signs clashes with the shifts in meaning that take place in these metaphorical extensions. Both iconicity and metaphors are built on mappings of two domains: form and meaning in iconicity, source domain and target domain in metaphors. Iconic signs that undergo metaphoric extension are therefore subject to both mappings (Taub 2001… 

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