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What is a structural metaphor?

 

Definition
 

A structural metaphor is a conventional metaphor in which one concept is understood and expressed in terms of another structured, sharply defined concept.

Examples (English)
 

Here are some examples of the argument-as-war structural metaphor:

 
  • Your claims are indefensible.
  • He attacked every weak point in my argument.
  • His criticisms were right on target.
  • I demolished his argument.

 
Source:

Lakoff, G. and Johnson 1980 4

Generic
  A structural metaphor is a kind of
 
Source
 

Lakoff, G. and Johnson 1980 4–5, 61


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