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Title: Grammatical Metaphor
Subtitle: Views from systemic functional linguistics
Edited By: Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen
Miriam Taverniers
Louise J Ravelli
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT_236
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 236

Since the 1980s, metaphor has received much attention in linguistics in general. Within Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) the area of 'grammatical metaphor' has become increasingly more important. This volume aims to raise and debate problematic issues in the study of lexico-grammatical metaphor, and to foreground the potential of further study in the field. There is a need to highlight the SFL perspective on metaphor; other traditions focus on lexical aspects, and from cognitive perspectives, while SFL focuses on the grammatical dimension, and socio-functional aspects in the explanation of this phenomenon.

Table of contents

J.R. Martin 1–3
Grammatical metaphor in SFL: A historiography of the introduction and initial study of the concept
Miriam Taverniers 5–33
Part I. Grammatical metaphor: Clarification and application 35
Renewal of connection: Intergrating theory and practice in an understanding of grammatical metaphor
Louise J. Ravelli 37–64
Nominalization as grammatical metaphor: On the need for a radically systemic and metafunctional approach
Liesbet Heyvaert 65–99
Ambiguity in grammatical metaphor: One more reason why the distinction transitive/ergative pays off
Jorge Arús Hita 101–126
The evolution of grammatical metaphor in scientific writing
David Banks 127–147
Part II. Development of metaphor in children 149
The use of a metaphorical mode of meaning in early language development
Clare Painter 151–167
The emergence of grammatical metaphor: Literacy-oriented expressions in the everyday speech of young children
Jane Torr and Alyson Simpson 169–183
Grammatical metaphor in the transition to adolescence
Beverly Derewianka 185–219
Part III. Interpersonal metaphor: Enactment and positioning 221
Lexical metaphor and interpersonal meaning
Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen 223–255
The elided participant: Presenting an uncommonsense view of the researcher’s role
Geoff Thompson 257–278
Imperative readings of grammatical metaphor: A study of congruency in the imperative
Inger Lassen 279–308
Part IV. ‘Metaphor’ in grammar and in other modes of meaning 309
Phonological metaphor
Robert Veltman 311–335
Intersemiosis in mathematics and science: Grammatical metaphor and semiotic metaphor
Kay O’Halloran 337–365
Part V. Metaphor in metalinguistic perspectives 367
The conduit metaphor and the analysis of meaning: Peircean semiotics, cognitive grammar and systemic functional grammar
Patrick Goethals 369–389
Grammatical metaphor as a cognitive construct
Randal Holme 391–415 ‘Having things both ways’: Grammatical metaphor in a systemic-functional model of language
Robin Melrose 417–442
Subject Index 443–453

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Functional & Systemic Ling
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 158811368X
ISBN-13: 9781588113689
Pages: vi, 453 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 176
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ISBN: 902724748X
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Pages: vi, 453 pp.
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