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Discourse metaphors

  • The article introduces the notion of discourse metaphor, relatively stable metaphorical mappings that function as a key framing device within a particular discourse over a certain period of time. Discourse metaphors are illustrated by case studies from three lines of research: on the cultural imprint of metaphors, on the negotiation of metaphors and on cross-linguistic occurrence. The source concepts of discourse metaphors refer to phenomenologically salient real or fictitious objects that are part of interactional space (i.e., can be pointed at, like MACHINES or HOUSES) and/or occupy an important place in cultural imagination. Discourse metaphors change both over time and across the discourses where they are used. The implications of focussing on different types of source domains for our thinking about the embodiment and sociocultural situatedness of metaphor is discussed, with particular reference to recent developments in Conceptual Metaphor Theory. Research on discourse suggests that situatedness is a crucial factor in the functioning and dynamics of metaphor.

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Author:Jörg ZinkenGND, Iina Hellsten, Brigitte Nerlich
Parent Title (English):Body, Language and Mind. Volume 2: Sociocultural Situatedness
Series (Serial Number):Cognitive Linguistics Research (35-2)
Publisher:de Gruyter
Place of publication:Berlin/New York
Editor:Roslyn M. Frank, René Dirven, Tom Ziemke, Enrique Bernárdez
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2008
Date of Publication (online):2016/11/23
Tag:conceptual metaphor theory; discourse analysis; discourse metaphors; schematicity; sociocultural situatedness
GND Keyword:Kritische Diskursanalyse; Metapher
First Page:363
Last Page:385
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Psycholinguistik / Kognitive Linguistik
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0 Deutschland