Forma y Función
versão impressa ISSN 0120-338X
FAJARDO URIBE, Luz Amparo. The Metaphor as a Cognitive Process . Forma funcion, Santaf, de Bogot, D.C. [online]. 2006, n.19, pp. 47-56. ISSN 0120-338X.
The metaphor is a mechanism which makes it possible to conceptualize and reconceptualize the world by transferring features from a source domain to a target domain. Thus, the metaphor does not need to invent new terms to refer to reality. On the contrary, based on previously existing terms, it provides a different view of reality to the extent that it is enriched by the cognizant subject´s affectivity and emotions. Therefore the metaphoric understanding and production requires more communicative than linguistic competence, for the metaphor´s sense depends on the communicative context and not on the utterance´s lexical, morphological, and syntactic structures.
Palavras-chave : Metaphor; Cognition; Vehicle; Communication; Representation.