Units of Study

ENGL3612 - Metaphor and Meaning

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Nick Riemer


Metaphorical language challenges received understandings of the nature of linguistic communication since it constitutes a systematic case in which expressions are not used in accordance with their meanings. This unit adopts a variety of perspectives to explore the problem of metaphor in an articulated theory of the semiotics of language. Topics discussed include the literal/metaphorical split, the nature of metaphorical meaning, metaphor and language-use, the origins of metaphor within European metalinguistic discourse, and 'cognitive' theories of metaphor.


1x2000wd essay (40%) and 1x4000wd essay (60%)


Course reader available from the University Copy Centre


1x2-hr seminar/week


Credit or above in 12 senior credit points of English

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