Literary language vs. natural language and its didactic treatment in ELE from Cognitive Poetics

  • Clara Eugenia Peragón López University of Córdoba
Keywords: literary language, natural language, Cognitive Poetics, metaphor,, conceptualization


Traditionally, literary texts have remained relegated to a second plane in the field of SFL, using arguments alluding to their complex and scarcely communicative character. However, is there really such a clear difference between literary and natural language? To the answer to this question, in this article we start from the fundamental principles of Cognitive Linguistics applied by Cognitive Poetics to the analysis of literary texts. This will lead us to recall the concept of metaphor according to the Lakoff and Johnson’s classic theory, where, far from being conceived as a mere aesthetic element, it is considered from a functional and pragmatic perspective. From a review of some studies on Cognitive Poetics that were published in recent years, we intend to raise a status of the issue in relation to this current, especially in the Hispanic field. We will also justify the need for a didactic treatment, in the SFL context, of literary metaphor as part of the normal use of language. This premise will result in the development of communicative competence, whereby a person will be able to interact with the text and capture its value, broadening his or her verbal and conceptual fluency. Finally, we will focus on some literary metaphors created by Pedro Salinas to conceptualize love derived from the conceptual metaphors present in quotidian language.


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Peragón López, C. E. (2019). Literary language vs. natural language and its didactic treatment in ELE from Cognitive Poetics. Verba Hispanica, 27(1), 173-192.