Chapter published in:Producing Figurative Expression: Theoretical, experimental and practical perspectives
Edited by John Barnden and Andrew Gargett
[Figurative Thought and Language 10] 2020
► pp. 331–362
Rock bottoms, juggling balls and coalprints
Exploring the metaphors L2 speakers of English produce in face-to-face interaction
In comparison with the interest shown in the difficulties second language (L2) speakers have in understanding English metaphors, very little attention has been paid to examining the metaphors they actually produce, particularly in the oral mode. In this chapter I examine the metaphors used by L2 speakers in face-to-face interaction with native (L1) speakers or with other L2 speakers, using data from three different sources: the Vienna-Oxford Corpus of International English (VOICE), the European Corpus of Academic Talk (EuroCoAT), as well as smaller databases compiled in the course of other research. I consider the following aspects of metaphor production in L2 conversation: its frequency, its general characteristics, its conventionality, and some of the factors that prompt its use in discourse.
Keywords: metaphor, conversation, production, English as a second language, English as lingua franca, VOICE, EuroCoAT, repetition, systematicity
Published online: 17 December 2020
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