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Similes, Puns and Counterfactuals in Literary Narrative by Jennifer Riddle Harding download in ePub, pdf, iPad

Given the importance of counterfactuals, it is perhaps surprising that we lack standards for evaluating them. The text has been updated to include many new idioms using the findings of the Oxford English Reading Programme, the biggest language research programme in the world. This exciting series offers an innovative and challenging range of texts, providing rich resources for students and researchers alike.

Her work has implications for the rhetorical approach to figures of speech, for cognitive disciplines, and for the studies of literature, rhetoric, and narrative. The paper proceeds to examine proximity relations between possible worlds, and discusses implications for empirical practice. The entries are supported by a wealth of illustrative quotations from a wide range of sources and periods. Many entries include boxed features which give more detailed background on the idiom in question. Harding demonstrates the literary functions of previously neglected figures of speech, and the potential for a unified approach to a topic that crosses cognitive disciplines.

These and many more idioms are explained and put into context in this second edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Idioms. Anyone interested in the quirky side of the English language will have hours of fun browsing through this fascinating and informative volume. To fill this gap, Philip Tetlock and Aaron Belkin propose a set of criteria for distinguishing plausible from implausible counterfactual conjectures across a wide range of applications. Counterfactuals are thoughts of what might have been, of possible past outcomes that could have taken place. Causal inference in the empirical sciences is based on counterfactuals.

These and many moreAnyone interested in the quirky side