Metaphor in spoken discourse

Cameron, Lynne (2011). Metaphor in spoken discourse. In: Gee, James Paul and Handford, Michael eds. The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis. London: Routledge, pp. 342–355.



This chapter considers the nature of metaphor in spontaneous spoken discourse drawing on the author's empirical studies in a range of contexts, including focus group discussions about responses to terrorism. It discusses key issues brought to light by discoure analytic studies, including the relation between conceptual metaphor and metaphor used in talk. It describes the author's discourse dynamic theoretical framework, the use of metaphor as a research tool and metaphor-led discourse analysis.

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