Article published in:Textual Choices in Discourse: A view from cognitive linguistics
Edited by Barbara Dancygier, José Sanders and Lieven Vandelanotte
[Benjamins Current Topics 40] 2012
► pp. 137–155
LIFE IS MUSIC
A case study of a novel metaphor and its use in discourse
Following Blending Theory, this chapter analyses a novel metaphor LIFE IS MUSIC which formed a leitmotif of Daniel Barenboim’s BBC Reith Lectures of 2006. The main focus is on the means and techniques employed by Barenboim, and his use of “verbo-musical” metaphors in particular. Because it goes beyond verbo-pictorial modes of representation, the proposed study of verbo-musical metaphors in a dynamically evolving discourse constitutes a new contribution not only to studies of multimodal metaphor in actual language use, but also to debates on conceptual nature of metaphor, “(metaphorical) thinking for speaking”, and language and cognition.
Published online: 18 July 2012
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