Books: Images of the Lisbon Treaty Debate in the British Press: Nasti
Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby
Date: 31-Oct-2012 From: Chris Humphrey <chumphreyc-s-p.org> Subject: Images of the Lisbon Treaty Debate in the British Press: Nasti E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Images of the Lisbon Treaty Debate in the British Press Subtitle: A Corpus-based Approach to Metaphor Analysis Publication Year: 2012 Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing http://www.c-s-p.org
In this book, Chiara Nasti analyses the distribution of metaphor scenarios and patterns in the public discourse on the European Lisbon Treaty. Her study on a specialized corpus reveals differences and/or similarities in the argumentation and attitudes of the main UK broadsheet and tabloid newspapers. She summarizes the main theories and identification procedures for metaphor investigation, commenting on some developments in the field of metaphor studies. Following Charteris-Black's Critical Metaphor Analysis, she starts from the premise that metaphors need to be explored in the context where they occur. Her analysis in fact reveals that context investigation is useful to better understand the complexity of metaphors - their pragmatic and cognitive function - and their role in the political debate. Moreover, the analysis reveals as well that metaphors are useful tools for identifying stereotyped roles of the participants in the ratification process; and they are also functional, used to explore both political and journalistic attitudes towards the debate on the Lisbon Treaty.Her book addresses readers from various academic backgrounds who are interested in linguistics, cognitive linguistics and, in particular, the application of corpus linguistics to metaphor investigation. It will also be of interest to academic students dealing with the debate over the Lisbon Treaty.
Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science Discourse Analysis Historical Linguistics