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Title: Metaphor in newspapers
Written By: Tina Krennmayr
Series Title: LOT dissertation Series
Description:

Journalistic writing has been a welcome source of natural language data
for metaphor research. The popularity of newspaper texts for metaphor
research would seem to suggest that news is a very metaphorical register.
However, most studies on metaphor in news have been small-scale or
restricted in their focus, investigating only a small set of linguistic or
conceptual metaphors, or have lacked a transparent method of metaphor
identification. This research presents the first investigation of metaphorically
used words in newspaper articles based on a systematic and transparent
method of metaphor identification that captures all metaphorical language use
regardless of source domain or lexical field. Quantitative and qualitative
analysis examines the distribution, form, function and patterns of
metaphorical language in news texts compared to its use in the registers
fiction, academic texts and conversation. The analysis is based on a
database of about 190,000 words hand-annotated for metaphorical language
use. Besides its cognitive linguistic, sociolinguistic and discourse-analytical
approaches, the work also adopts a psycholinguistic angle to investigate the
influence of metaphor conventionality and metaphor signaling on people’s
mental representation of a news article.

The work will appeal to anyone interested in newspaper texts specifically
and metaphor variation across registers more generally. It is also a helpful
resource to those who are concerned with research methodology: it not only
advances our knowledge of what characterizes metaphor in newspaper
writing, but also furthers the development of research tools for the
identification of linguistic metaphors as well as the description of conceptual
mappings.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Psycholinguistics
Sociolinguistics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789460930621