To what extent can we model thought and the figurative as emergent properties
of complex adaptive systems? This is the question I will address.
Along the way, I will present conceptual and linguistic mechanisms that
are general but that can produce what are judged to be "figurative"
and "figural" products. I will show that what counts as "analogical" or "metaphoric"
depends upon what conceptual system is already in place. I will argue that
what makes "green house," "house boat," and "fire station" look literal but "land
yacht" and "jail bait" figurative is not a difference of underlying conceptual
or linguistic mechanisms.