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Metaphoricity in the real estate showroom: Affordance spaces for sensorimotor shopping

Citation
Harrison S & Fleming D (2019) Metaphoricity in the real estate showroom: Affordance spaces for sensorimotor shopping. Metaphor and Symbol, 34 (1), pp. 45-60. https://doi.org/10.1080/10926488.2019.1591717

Abstract
This paper adopts an ecological view of cognition to analyse the role of the environ-ment in scaffolding metaphorical experience. Using ethnographic material collected from two real estate showrooms in China, we describe how each showroom setting is equipped with to-be-phenomenologically-experienced objects designed to stimulate desirable sensorimotor experiences and altered bodily states during the guided show-room tours. By analysing the qualities of such settings and identifying the processes through which visitors become environmentally coupled—including active and pas-sive touch in highly organized auditory, olfactory, and gustatory environs—we demonstrate how the showrooms constitute an affordance space for enacting meta-phoricity through doubleness in experience. Implications for conceptual metaphor theory relating to the nature of environments and bodies are discussed.

Keywords
metaphoricity; showrooms; advertising; ecological cognition; affordance space

Journal
Metaphor and Symbol: Volume 34, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Author(s)Harrison, Simon; Fleming, David
Publication date31/12/2019
Publication date online02/05/2019
Date accepted by journal02/04/2019
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/29549
ISSN1092-6488
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