Variation in Political Metaphor
The objective of this book is to understand variation in political metaphor. Political metaphors are distinctive and important because they are used to achieve political goals: to persuade, to shape expectations, to realize specific objectives and actions. The analyses in the book go beyond the mere identification of conceptual metaphors in discourse to show how political metaphors function in the real world. It starts from the finding that the same conceptual domains are used to characterize politics, political entities and political issues. Yet, the specific metaphors used to describe these conceptual domains often change. This book explores some of the reasons for this variation, including features of political leaders (e.g., their age and gender), countries, and other sociopolitical circumstances. This perspective yields a better understanding of the role(s) of metaphors in political discourse.
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 85] 2019. vi, 212 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Introduction: Studying variation in political metaphor: From discourse analysis to experimentMin Reuchamps, Paul H. Thibodeau and Julien Perrez | pp. 1–12
Chapter 1. First Lady, Secretary of State and Presidential Candidate: A comparative study of the role-dependent use of metaphor in politicsKathleen Ahrens | pp. 13–34
Chapter 2. Fairies, Christmas miracles and sham marriages: A diachronic analysis of deliberate metaphors in Belgian political discoursePauline Heyvaert | pp. 35–60
Chapter 3. The rhetorical use of political metaphor before, during and after the presidency: Television interviews with the former Croatian presidentNikolina Borčić and Ivona Čulo | pp. 61–82
Chapter 4. Knifed in the back: A metaphor analysis of party leadership takeoversBen Fenton-Smith | pp. 83–106
Chapter 5. Greek metaphors in the fiscal straightjacketAnastasios Vogiatzis | pp. 107–130
Chapter 6. The use of sensorimotor-based concepts during and after presidential campaigns: Emmanuel Macron and Donald TrumpLiane Stroebel | pp. 131–150
Chapter 7. Variations of metaphors in party manifestos about EU finality: Assessing party positions through conceptual metaphorsJan Kovář | pp. 151–176
Chapter 8. Variation in methods for studying political metaphor: Comparing experiments and discourse analysisPaul H. Thibodeau, James Fleming and Maya Lannen | pp. 177–194
Conclusion: A journey through variation in political metaphorPaul H. Thibodeau, Julien Perrez and Min Reuchamps | pp. 195–206
Biographical notes | pp. 207–210
Index | pp. 211–212
“There is no doubt that this volume will be of great value to both cognitive linguists and discourse analysts working on political metaphors.”
Anna Piata, University of Neuchâtel, in Journal of Pragmatics 159 (2020)
“The editors are to be congratulated for the coherent presentation of a shared research effort throughout the book. Each chapter contributes transparently to the overarching research questions and makes this book more than just a collection of articles. The conclusion also reminds the reader of the broad selection of analytical angles presented, which are indeed well introduced in each of the chapters.”
Michael Kranert, University of Southampton, in Journal of Language and Politics 20:3 (2021)
“The resulting emphasis on methodological and theoretical aspects of metaphor variation research, which is also reinforced by cross-references among the chapters, enhances the coherence of the volume and takes the existing research forward in terms of theoretical development and critical self-reflection.”
Andreas Musolff, University of East Anglia, in Metaphor and the Social World, Volume 11:1 (2021).
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics