Metaphor, impoliteness, and offence in online communication

Demjén, Zsófia and Hardaker, Claire (2016). Metaphor, impoliteness, and offence in online communication. In: Semino, Elena and Demjén, Zsófia eds. The Routledge Handbook of Metaphor and Language. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 353–368.



What role might figurative language play in utterances that are designed to threaten or cause offence? In this chapter we tackle this question, against the backdrop of social practices around computer-mediated communication (CMC), by combining evidence in metaphor and impoliteness research. This combination is necessary because of the relative absence of studies investigating the role of metaphor in offence more broadly.

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