Metaphors of a body meant to diePart of : Γράμμα : περιοδικό θεωρίας και κριτικής ; Vol.11, No.1, 2003, pages 13-29
Bodies wrestling with representation
In this paper I focus on body metaphors from two perspectives. First, I examine metaphors in which the body figures as the target of conceptualization, yielding metaphorical expression of the type the body is x. Second, I suggest that the body also serves as source of conceptualization for other entities-indeed, as a classificatory systemyielding expressions of the type x is a body. At the same time, the issue of decay and death of physical and non-physical bodies is taken up in each case. I conclude by suggesting that linguistic practice allows for a view of metaphor as a cognitive phenomenon put to social use. Thus, metaphor may also be seen as a manifestation of linguistic variation despite the frequent dissociation of cognitive from social factors in linguistics.