Article published in:Metaphor Variation in Englishes around the World
Edited by Marcus Callies and Alexander Onysko
[Cognitive Linguistic Studies 4:1] 2017
► pp. 36–62
Metaphor variation of spatial conceptualizations in Irish English
A methodological design
The current paper offers a novel methodological approach to gathering rich spatial data from Irish English speakers, showing variation in the cognition of physical and conceptual space. A mixed method study was conducted to gather conceptual and sociolinguistic data. This includes the first part of the data gathering: a structured interview, focusing on geographic aspects of the town and two wayfinding exercises. I then describe the second part of the study: twenty cloze procedure questions relating to a written example, followed by questions relating to seventeen hand-drawn images. I take as a baseline the instruments used by, inter alia, Levinson and Wilkins (2006a) and apply them to a within-culture study. I conclude this paper by discussing replicability and future studies. While Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT) offers researchers a model to connect physical and conceptual elements of space, we have not seen a large-scale study of how CMT affects the language of space in varieties of English.
Keywords: methodology, conceptual metaphor, spatial language, cognitive sociolinguistics, apparent time language change
- 2.1Different types of spatial language
- 2.2Conceptual Metaphor Theory
- 2.3Variation in metaphor
- 2.4How languages vary
- 2.4.1Cross-linguistic studies of spatial reference
- 2.4.2Sociolinguistic variation in Irish English
- 2.4.3Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Variation in understanding
- 3.1Sociolinguistic methods
- 3.2Cross-linguistic spatial methods
- 3.3Cognitive mapping methods
- 3.4The current study
- 4.Results and analysis
- 4.1Case studies
- 4.2.1Location metaphors
- 4.3.1Location metaphor summary
Published online: 16 October 2017
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