Variation in Political Metaphor

ORCID logoJulien Perrez | Liège Université
ORCID logoMin Reuchamps | Université catholique de Louvain
ORCID logoPaul H. Thibodeau | Oberlin College
ISBN 9789027203953 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027262219 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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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.
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“There is no doubt that this volume will be of great value to both cognitive linguists and discourse analysts working on political metaphors.”
“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.”
“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.”

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019019261