A Complementary Perspective of Conceptual Blending Theory and Relevance Theory on Metaphor Interpretation

Junhong Ren, Yan Li
2015 Theory and Practice in Language Studies  
Conceptual blending theory and relevance theory fall under the umbrella of cognitive science. Both of them have contributed to our interpretation of the role of metaphor in cognition and language use. Conceptual blending theory considers metaphor interpretation to be the activation of relevant conceptual structures and places emphasis on how conceptual mechanism works in metaphor interpretation. Relevance theory views metaphor interpretation to be the recovery of an array of weak implicatures
more » ... weak implicatures and places its major emphasis on the functions of the communicative principle and the relevance principle in metaphor interpretation. This article holds that conceptual blending theory and relevance theory may provide a complementary perspective on metaphor and suggests an integrative hypothesis on metaphor understanding on account of the similarities between and deficiencies of both theories.
doi:10.17507/tpls.0510.16 fatcat:qpelemxr75eibimust2hg3dgcy