Researching and Applying Metaphor in the Real World

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| University of Leeds
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| The Open University
ISBN 9789027223807 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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It has become increasingly clear that metaphor needs to be explored in terms of the social and discourse context in which it is used, especially where the aim is to address real-world problems. The notion of 'real world' metaphor research has been developed to describe this important area of investigation. This book starts by describing the nature and scope of real world metaphor research and then illustrates, through 17 detailed, mainly empirically-based studies, the different areas it can apply to, and different methodologies that can be employed. Research problems are explored in areas such as artificial intelligence, language teaching and learning, reconciliation dialogue, university lecture discourse, poetry and wine description. Methods include corpus analysis, experimentation, discourse analysis, cross-cultural analysis and genre analysis. In each case the empirical studies refer back to Gibbs's opening overview of real-world research. The result is an invaluable and cross-referenced collection of papers addressing real-world problems.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 26]  2010.  xii, 385 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Editors’ introduction
Graham Low, Zazie Todd, Alice Deignan and Lynne Cameron
1. The wonderful, chaotic, creative, heroic, challenging world of Researching and Applying Metaphor: A celebration of the past and some peeks into the future
Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr.
1. Metaphor and language learning
2. Can people be cold and warm? Developing understanding of figurative meanings of temperature terms in early EFL
Ana M. Piquer-Píriz
3. Grasping the point: A study of 15-year-old students’ comprehension of metaphorical expressions in schoolbooks
Anne Golden
4. “Drugs, traffic, and many other dirty interests” Metaphor and the language learner
Gill Philip
5. The gaps to be filled: The (mis)treatment of the polysemous senses of hand, cool and run in EFL text books
Elisabet Amaya Chávez
6. A cross-cultural study of metaphoric understanding
Chongying Wang and Ann Dowker
2. Capturing and analysing metaphors
7. Love, metaphor and responsibility: Some examples from Early Modern and Present-Day English corpora
Heli Tissari
8. A critical look at the desktop metaphor 30 years on
Marina Terkourafi and Stefanos Petrakis
9. Pragglejaz in practice: Finding metaphorically used words in natural discourse
Gerard J. Steen, Ewa Biernacka, Aletta G. Dorst, Anna A. Kaal, Clara I. López Rodríguez and Tryntje Pasma
10. Mapping principles for conceptual metaphors
Kathleen Ahrens
11. Systematicity in metaphor and the use of invariant mappings
Alan M. Wallington
12. Attitude, style and context: Matching cognitive and aesthetic accounts of poetic interpretation
Elsbeth C. Brouwer
13. A genre approach to imagery in winespeak: Issues and prospects
Rosario Caballero and Ernesto Suárez-Toste
3. The function of metaphor in discourse
14. Wot no similes? The curious absence of simile in university lectures
Graham Low
15. Metaphor marking and metaphor typological and functional ranges in business periodicals
Hanna Skorczynska Sznajder
16. Critical analysis of creative metaphors in political speeches
Ralph Müller
17. Metaphor in physical-and-speech action expressions
Lynne Cameron
18. The evaluative properties of metaphors
Alice Deignan
Index of names
Index of terms
“Overall, this metaphor-researcher-friendly book makes a worthwhile theoretical and methodological contribution to researching metaphor in use, in social interaction, and in the real world.”
“[S]timulating overview of current and future research.”
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