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This article draws on phenomenological and sociological notions of the 'lived' body in order to develop a dynamic perspective on embodiment in Conceptual Metaphor Theory. My main argument is that even our most basic sensorimotor experiences are more complex, fluid, and more deeply imbued with socio-cultural meanings than many metaphor scholars assume. While our conscious awareness is ordinarily directed towards the world, making our physical actions and perceptions appear to be natural anddoi:10.1075/msw.4.1.08ref fatcat:l5d64tiswrei5oxt24t5bvlkam