Metaphor and the Social World

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Editors
ORCID logoAletta G. Dorst | Leiden University
Susan Nacey | Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
ORCID logoDennis Tay | Nanyang Technological University
Associate Editor
ORCID logoMolly Xie Pan | The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Founding Editors
Lynne Cameron | The Open University
Graham Low | University of York
Review Editor
David O’Reilly | University of York
The journal Metaphor and the Social World aims to provide a forum for researchers to share with each other, and with potential research users, work that explores aspects of metaphor and the social world. The term “social world” signals the importance given to context (of metaphor use), to connections (e.g. across social, cognitive and discourse dimensions of metaphor use), and to communication (between individuals or across social groups). The journal is not restricted to a single disciplinary or theoretical framework but welcomes papers based in a range of theoretical approaches to metaphor, including discourse and cognitive linguistic approaches, provided that the theory adequately supports the empirical work. Metaphor may be dealt with as either a matter of language or of thought, or of both; what matters is that consideration is given to the social and discourse contexts in which metaphor is found. Furthermore, “metaphor” is broadly interpreted and articles are welcomed on metonymy and other types of figurative language. A further aim is to encourage the development of high-quality research methodology using metaphor as an investigative tool, and for investigating the nature of metaphor use, for example multi-modal discourse analytic or corpus linguistic approaches to metaphor data. The journal publishes various types of articles, including reports of empirical studies, key articles accompanied by short responses, reviews and meta-analyses with commentaries. The Forum section publishes short responses to papers or current issues.

MSW publishes its articles Online First.

MSW invites submissions.
Please consult the Guidelines elsewhere on this page for instructions
or contact the editors: [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected].
ISSN: 2210-4070 | E-ISSN: 2210-4097
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https://doi.org/10.1075/msw
Latest articles

5 April 2024

  • Metaphors for multiculturalism in the Canadian context
    Kayvan Shakoury Frank Boers
  • 25 March 2024

  • A. Soares da Silva (Ed.). 2021. Figurative Language – Intersubjectivity and Usage
    Reviewed by Nina Julich-Warpakowski | MSW 14:1 (2024) pp. 172–179
  • 22 March 2024

  • H. L. Colston , T. Matlock G. Steen (Ed.). 2022. Dynamism in metaphor and beyond
    Reviewed by Winnie Huiheng Zeng | MSW 14:1 (2024) pp. 180–187
  • 18 March 2024

  • D. Tay . 2022. Navigating the realities of metaphor and psychotherapy research
    Reviewed by Deming Xiao | MSW 14:1 (2024) pp. 163–171
  • 9 January 2024

  • Are religion metaphors anti‑revolutionary? Metaphors of climate scepticism in France
    Anaïs Augé | MSW 14:1 (2024) pp. 43–63
  • 18 December 2023

  • Should offensive metaphors be censored?
    Raymond W. Gibbs Jr. | MSW 14:1 (2024) pp. 154–162
  • 28 November 2023

  • The raw and the (over)cooked : states are physical qualities
    Travis Ashby , Omar Lizardo , Dustin S. Stoltz Michael Lee Wood | MSW 14:1 (2024) pp. 22–42
  • Instagram is a ridiculous lie factory : Creative and evaluative metaphors of social media in a sample of newspaper opinion discourse
    Jennifer Foley Laura Hidalgo-Downing | MSW 14:1 (2024) p. 85
  • 10 October 2023

  • M. S. Peña-Cervel F. J. Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez . 2022. Figuring out Figuration: A Cognitive Linguistic Account
    Reviewed by Špela Antloga | MSW 13:2 (2023) pp. 316–322
  • I. Šeškauskienė (ed.). 2022. Metaphor in Legal Discourse
    Reviewed by Francesca L. Seracini | MSW 13:2 (2023) pp. 331–338
  • 5 October 2023

  • C. Rasse . 2022. Poetic Metaphors: Creativity and Interpretation
    Reviewed by Alena Revutskaya | MSW 13:2 (2023) pp. 323–330
  • 18 September 2023

  • Military metaphors in the discourses of the pandemic in two post-Yugoslav states : Literal associations and historization of crisis
    Ksenija Bogetić | MSW 14:1 (2024) pp. 64–84
  • 8 September 2023

  • The diachronic and cross-linguistic use of trade metaphors in U.S.-China governmental discourse : A socio-cognitive approach
    Xiaojuan Tan , Alan Cienki Bertie Kaal | MSW 14:1 (2024) pp. 130–153
  • 4 August 2023

  • A qualitative study of endometriosis-related pain : Metaphorical expressions beyond physical damage
    Giorgia Andreolli | MSW 14:1 (2024) pp. 1–21
  • Choosing the dark path : Preferences for darkness and interpersonal antagonism
    Michael D. Robinson , Roberta L. Irvin Micheal R. Waters | MSW 14:1 (2024) pp. 109–129
  • Metaphors as tools for understanding in science communication among experts and to the public
    Marthe Smedinga , Alan Cienki Henk W. de Regt | MSW 13:2 (2023) pp. 248–268
  • 7 July 2023

  • Measurement matters : An afterword on current challenges in metaphor research
    Herbert Colston | MSW 13:1 (2023) pp. 104–119
  • The semantics of a parallel reality : What does religion do to metaphor in an Ancient Egyptian context?
    Camilla Di Biase-Dyson | MSW 13:1 (2023) p. 81
  • Zooming in on the notion of metaphoricity : Notions, dimensions, and operationalizations
    Nina Julich-Warpakowski Thomas Wiben Jensen | MSW 13:1 (2023) pp. 16–36
  • Literal or metaphorical? Conventional or creative? Contested metaphoricity in intense emotional experiences
    Sarah Turner Jeannette Littlemore | MSW 13:1 (2023) pp. 37–58
  • Semantic distance predicts metaphoricity and creativity judgments in synesthetic metaphors
    Bodo Winter Francesca Strik-Lievers | MSW 13:1 (2023) pp. 59–80
  • D. Dobrovol’skij E. Piirainen . 2022. Figurative Language. Cross-Cultural and Cross-Linguistic Perspectives
    Reviewed by Rosa Illán Castillo | MSW 13:1 (2023) pp. 132–137
  • P. Pérez-Sobrino , J. Littlemore S. Ford . 2021. Unpacking Creativity: The Power of Figurative Communication in Advertising
    Reviewed by Montserrat Esbrí Blasco | MSW 13:1 (2023) pp. 120–127
  • M. Bagli . 2021. Tastes We Live By: The Linguistic Conceptualisation of Taste in English
    Reviewed by Carina Rasse | MSW 13:1 (2023) pp. 128–131
  • M. Brdar R. Brdar-Szabó (Eds.). 2022. Figurative Thought and Language in Action
    Reviewed by Kun Yang Lincai Kuang | MSW 13:1 (2023) pp. 138–143
  • Introduction : Current challenges in metaphor research
    Nina Julich-Warpakowski Paula Pérez Sobrino | MSW 13:1 (2023) pp. 1–15
  • 15 June 2023

  • Interacting comparatively : A study of metaphors and proverbs among the Qatari, Palestinian and Tunisian dialects
    Thajbah Al-Sheroqi , Fatima Al-Thani , Mariam Alzini , Ilhem Souayah Irene Theodoropoulou | MSW 13:2 (2023) pp. 145–177
  • 30 May 2023

  • Scepticism voiced through extended metaphors : Assessment of higher education reform in the media
    Jurga Cibulskienė | MSW 13:2 (2023) pp. 197–220
  • 26 May 2023

  • Landwhales, femoids and sub-humans : Dehumanising metaphors in incel discourse
    Ksenija Bogetić , Frazer Heritage , Veronika Koller Mark McGlashan | MSW 13:2 (2023) pp. 178–196
  • 10 January 2023

  • Metaphors and metonymies in the multimodal discourse of whaling : A cross genre comparative study
    Xiaoben Yuan | MSW 13:2 (2023) pp. 293–315
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    ORCID logoKathleen Ahrens | The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    ORCID logoJohn Barnden | University of Birmingham, UK
    ORCID logoTony Berber Sardinha | Pontifical University of São Paulo
    ORCID logoRosario Caballero | Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
    Jonathan Charteris-Black | University of the West of England
    Alice Deignan | University of Leeds
    ORCID logoRaymond W. Gibbs, Jr. | University of California, Santa Cruz
    ORCID logoJanet Ho | Lingnan University, Hong Kong
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    Fiona MacArthur | Universidad de Extremadura
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    Gerard J. Steen | University of Amsterdam
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