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LINGUIST List 24.2694

Wed Jul 03 2013

Books: Metaphor in academic discourse: Herrmann

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 25-Jun-2013
From: Mariƫtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: Metaphor in academic discourse: Herrmann
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Title: Metaphor in academic discourse
Subtitle: Linguistic forms, conceptual structures, communicative functions and cognitive representations
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2013
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Book URL: http://www.lotpublications.nl/index3.html

Author: Julia Berenike Herrmann
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460931154 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 24.57
Abstract:

Traditionally, metaphor has been seen as a threat to the scientific maxims of accuracy, truth, and explicitness. This view is still reflected in academic writing conventions, but has been opposed by research suggesting that metaphor is an indispensable part of natural language. So far, most studies on metaphor in academic prose have been conducted on a small scale or restricted in their focus, investigating only small sets of metaphors, or have lacked a transparent method of metaphor identification. This book presents a new type of metaphor research into written academic discourse. On the basis of a systematic and consistent method which identified metaphorical language on a word-by-word basis, it constructs the first register profile of academic prose that takes into account metaphor. Patterns of metaphorical language use in academic prose are described in terms of lexico-grammatical forms, communicative functions, and underlying conceptual structures. A hand-annotated corpus of 190,000 words of natural language, allowed for consistent cross-register comparison with news, fiction, and conversation. The work not only approaches metaphor from a cognitive-linguistic, sociolinguistic, and discourse-analytical angle, but also from a psycholinguistic one, investigating the processing of metaphorical language in academic discourse as influenced by academic expertise and metaphor conventionality. This research is useful for anyone interested in the study of academic discourse, metaphor in specialized discourse, and register variation in general. In addition to furthering our knowledge of the characteristics of academic discourse, its focus on methodology will be helpful to those concerned with the methodological aspects of metaphor analysis.

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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