Theoretical Evolution of Metaphor

Ahmed Nafea Alharbi


This article brings together and discusses long-persisting theoretical perspectives that differ in their approaches to the nature and functions of metaphor—starting from Aristotle and his traditional view on metaphor and continuing up to contemporary metaphor theorists, such as Lakoff and Johnson. The aim is to offer insight into how metaphor has evolved from a mere figure of speech residing in literary works alone to a pervasive conceptual phenomenon permeating a wide spectrum of discourse domains.


Metaphor theory; Figurative language; Traditional view; Contemporary theory

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