Metaphor , Relevance and the ‘ Emergent Property ’ Issue *

@inproceedings{Wilson2005MetaphorR,
  title={Metaphor , Relevance and the ‘ Emergent Property ’ Issue *},
  author={Deirdre B. Wilson and Robyn Carston},
  year={2005}
}
The interpretation of metaphorical utterances often results in the attribution of emergent properties, which are neither standardly associated with the individual constituents in isolation nor derivable by standard rules of semantic composition. An adequate pragmatic account of metaphor interpretation must explain how these properties are derived. Using the framework of relevance theory, we propose a wholly inferential account, and argue that the derivation of emergent properties involves no… CONTINUE READING
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