LINGUIST List 32.1830

Wed May 26 2021

Diss: English; Cognitive Science; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics: Author: Nina Julich-Warpakowski: '' Motion Metaphors in Music Criticism. An Empirical Investigation of their Conceptual Motivation and their Metaphoricity''

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Date: 08-Apr-2021
From: Nina Julich-Warpakowski <nina.julichuni-leipzig.de>
Subject: Motion Metaphors in Music Criticism. An Empirical Investigation of their Conceptual Motivation and their Metaphoricity
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Institution: Universität Leipzig
Program: English Department
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2019

Author: Nina Julich-Warpakowski

Dissertation Title: Motion Metaphors in Music Criticism. An Empirical Investigation of their Conceptual Motivation and their Metaphoricity

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Semantics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Dissertation Director:
Doris Schönefeld

Dissertation Abstract:

The book explores (1) the motivation of musical motion expressions in terms of conceptual metaphors (Lakoff & Johnson, 1980, 1999) in two corpus studies, and (2) their perceived degree of metaphoricity among musicians and non-musicians in a rating study. The results show that while fundamental embodied conceptual metaphors like time is motion certainly play a part in explaining why we speak of music as motion, it is the specific communicative setting of music criticism that determines the particular use of metaphors for the description of musical aspects. Furthermore, the perceived metaphoricity of musical motion metaphors varies with participants’ musical background: musicians perceive musical motion expressions as more literal compared to non-musicians, highlighting individual differences in the perception of metaphoricity.




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