How Metaphors Guide, Teach and Popularize Science

Anke Beger | Europa-Universität Flensburg
Thomas H. Smith | Independent Researcher
ISBN 9789027205070 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027261441 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Metaphors are essential to scientists themselves and strongly influence science communication. Through careful analyses of metaphors actually used in science texts, recordings, and videos, this book explores the essential functions of conceptual metaphor in the conduct of science, teaching of science, and how scientific ideas are promoted and popularized. With an accessible introduction to theory and method this book prepares scientists, science teachers, and science writers to take advantage of recent shifts in metaphor theories and methods. Metaphor specialists will find theoretical issues explored in studies of bacteriology, cell reproduction, marine biology, physics, brain function and social psychology. We see the degree of conscious or intentional use of metaphor in shaping our conceptual systems and constraining inferences. Metaphor sources include social structure, embodied experience, abstract or mathematical formulations. The results are sometimes innovative hypotheses and robust conclusions; other times pedagogically useful, if inaccurate, stepping stones or, at worst, misleading fictions.

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[Figurative Thought and Language, 6]  2020.  vi, 332 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“All in all, this is an inspirational book which is informative and practical, and it makes a valuable contribution to a rapidly expanding body of literature on metaphor studies in this exciting and vibrant field of pragmatics.”
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Hohaus, Pascal
2022.  In Science Communication in Times of Crisis [Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 96],  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Saneie Moghadam, Maryam & Reza Ghafar Samar
2020. Metaphor in second language academic writing. Language Awareness 29:3-4  pp. 255 ff. Crossref logo

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Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019058032 | Marc record