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Confrontation or complementarity?: Metaphor in language use and cognitive metaphor theory

Cameron, Lynne (2007). Confrontation or complementarity?: Metaphor in language use and cognitive metaphor theory. Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics, 5(1) pp. 107–135.

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Abstract

Theory and method for the study of metaphor in face-to-face conversation language use reveals a range of differences with conceptual metaphor theory. This article explores whether these differences reflect an essential incompatibility or can be turned into something more positive that can develop cognitive approaches to metaphor. begins by proposing complex dynamic systems theory as a helpful supra-theory for metaphor in language use and then proceeds to empirical data. Data from an applied linguistic project into the process of post-conflict reconciliation is used to illustrate the characteristics of metaphor in face-to-face conversation, and we then move to development of a methodology for metaphor-led discourse analysis. Identification of metaphor in discourse is the first step, followed by the extraction of patterns of metaphor use. Patterns are considered distributionally and then semantically. I introduce the notion of ‘systematic metaphor’ as a way of condensing discourse data of metaphor in use. Connections are made between metaphor in use at the individual and socio-cultural levels.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN: 1572-0268
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 15223
Depositing User: Lynne Cameron
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2009 10:01
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:24
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/15223
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