Chapter published in:Drawing Attention to Metaphor: Case studies across time periods, cultures and modalities
Edited by Camilla Di Biase-Dyson and Markus Egg
[Figurative Thought and Language 5] 2020
► pp. 63–92
A multimodal perspective on MCA
Cues of (possible) metacommunicative awareness
Metacommunicative awareness (MCA) is proposed as a scalar phenomenon of being aware, to different possible degrees, that the form and/or content of how you are acting could communicate something to someone else. Observable signals of possible MCA that are based on greater use of effort are discussed on the verbal, prosodic, gestural, and other levels. Dynamicity in intensity is proposed as an important property of its nature, even if the quality of potential MCA differs between different registers and genres. The degree to which an expression, metaphoric or otherwise, is highlighted in a given instance by signals of possible MCA thus falls along a scale of saliency. This can be researched without delving into claims about supposed “deliberateness” of expression.
Keywords: attention, dynamicity, effort, gesture, metacommunicative awareness, metaphor, metaphoricity, English
Published online: 08 April 2020
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