This databank must not be used for commercial purposes. Selected pages of it contain a copyright notice allowing the page to be freely copied (downloaded, printed, etc.) for non-commercial research/instructional use provided the copyright notice is included.
Such pages contain the databank compiler's original text and/or collections of excerpts from published or spoken material to which the compiler has added value by unique and original selection, coordination, expression, annotation, arrangement and classification.
There is also a page for examples of metonymy and a page describing metonymy.
Most examples have a link to a file identifying the source of the example and sometimes containing a fuller version of the example, or more context.
Some links can only be followed by people at our location. These include the ones where the link contains "<jab N>" or "<atmet N>" for some number N. If you wish to know the source and context in such a case, please contact me.
For more on the databank structure and its display conventions, click here.
However, please note that the fact that your favourite metaphor is not listed in the Table of Contents doesn't mean there aren't manifestations of it under other headings. Please consult me if you'd like guidance on finding something.
I am always on the lookout for new examples of the usage of metaphors of mind, and of the use of metonymy in describing mental states. If you would like to contribute some examples, I would be most grateful, and would of course acknowledge you in the databank unless you asked me not to.
List of PAPERS on metaphor, including ATT-Meta project papers on mental states and metaphor
Home page for John Barnden
Lakoff, G., Espenson, J. & Schwartz, A. (1991). Master metaphor list. Draft 2nd Edition. Cognitive Linguistics Group, University of California at Berkeley, CA. Sommer, E. & Weiss, D. (1996). Metaphors Dictionary. Visible Ink Press: Detroit, Michigan.
Written by John Barnden
Last update 10 December 2019 (minor updates only; previous update 18 Jan 2008)