The Many Faces of Creativity: Exploring Synaesthesia through a Metaphorical Lens

Sarah Turner, Jeannette Littlemore

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Creative metaphor has been of central interest to the cognitive linguistic research community in recent years. However, little is known about what propels people to use metaphor in a creative way. In this Element, the authors identify and explore some of the clues that synaesthesia may provide to help us better understand the factors that drive creativity, with a particular focus on creative metaphor. They identify the factors that seem to trigger the production of creative metaphor in synaesthetes, and explore what this can tell us about creativity in the population more generally. Their findings provide insights into the nature of creativity as it relates to metaphor, emotion and embodied experience. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages75
ISBN (Electronic)9781108974813
ISBN (Print)9781108971362
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

Publication series

NameElements in Cognitive Linguistics
PublisherCambridge University Press


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