Article published in:Textual choices and discourse genres: Creating meaning through form
Edited by Barbara Dancygier and José Sanders
[English Text Construction 3:2] 2010
► pp. 275–293
LIFE IS MUSIC
A case study of a novel metaphor and its use in discourse
Following Blending Theory, this article 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: 11 October 2010
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