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By Richard P. Honeck

SEE brief BLURB FOR trade COPY... a posh, interesting, and critical verbal entity, the proverb has been the topic of an unlimited variety of evaluations, experiences, and analyses. to deal with the various attainable audiences, this quantity outlines seven perspectives of the proverb -- own, formal, non secular, literary, functional, cultural, and cognitive. as the author's aim is to supply a systematic figuring out of proverb comprehension and creation, he attracts principally on scholarship stemming from the formal, cultural, and cognitive perspectives. the single publication approximately proverbs that's written from the viewpoint of cognitive technological know-how, cognitive psychology, and experimentalism, this article offers a bigger, extra interdisciplinary viewpoint at the proverb. It additionally offers a theoretically extra built-in method of proverb cognition. The conceptual base concept of proverb comprehension is prolonged through the "cognitive beliefs speculation" in order that the speculation now addresses matters in regards to the production, construction, and pragmatics of proverbs. This speculation additionally has powerful implications for a taxonomy of proverbs, proverb comprehension, common vs. culture-specific features of proverbs, and a few structural points of proverbs. generally, the booklet 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 verbal exchange. baby developmental and mind substrates also are mentioned.

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