By Richard P. Honeck
SEE brief BLURB FOR exchange COPY... a posh, fascinating, and significant verbal entity, the proverb has been the topic of an enormous variety of critiques, reviews, and analyses. to house the various attainable audiences, this quantity outlines seven perspectives of the proverb -- own, formal, spiritual, literary, useful, cultural, and cognitive. as the author's aim is to supply a systematic figuring out of proverb comprehension and construction, he attracts principally on scholarship stemming from the formal, cultural, and cognitive perspectives. the single booklet approximately proverbs that's written from the point of view of cognitive technology, cognitive psychology, and experimentalism, this article offers a bigger, extra interdisciplinary viewpoint at the proverb. It additionally provides a theoretically extra built-in method of proverb cognition. The conceptual base idea of proverb comprehension is prolonged through the "cognitive beliefs speculation" in order that the idea now addresses concerns concerning the construction, creation, and pragmatics of proverbs. This speculation additionally has robust implications for a taxonomy of proverbs, proverb comprehension, common vs. culture-specific facets of proverbs, and a few structural elements of proverbs. typically, the e-book extends the problem of proverb cognition by utilizing a lot of what cognitive technology has to provide. In so doing, the proverb is in comparison to other kinds of figurative language, that is then mentioned in the greater rubric of intelligence and the inclination for utilizing oblique modes of communique. baby developmental and mind substrates also are mentioned.
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A Proverb in Mind : The Cognitive Science of Proverbial Wit and Wisdom by Richard P. Honeck