Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Metaphorical Entailment


A metaphorical entailment is the imparting of a characteristic of the source domain (the metaphorical image) to the target domain (the concept receiving metaphorical treatment) by logical means.



The metaphorical entailment “an argument defines a path” is derived from the premise that “a journey defines a path” and the argument-as-journey metaphor, whereby “an argument is a journey,” and which is expressed in the following sentences:

  • He strayed from the line of argument.
  • Do you followmy argument?
  • I'm lost.
  • You're going around in circles.

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