Metaphor and the Social World

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: a.g.dorst at hum.leidenuniv.nl, susan.nacey at inn.no and dennis.tay at polyu.edu.hk.
ISSN 2210-4070 | E-ISSN 2210-4097
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/msw
Sample issue: MSW 7:2
Board
Editors
Aletta G. Dorst | Leiden University
Susan Nacey | Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Dennis Tay | The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Editorial Assistant
Molly Xie Pan | Fudan University
Founding Editors
Lynne Cameron | The Open University
Graham Low | University of York
Review Editor
David O’Reilly | University of York
Editorial Board
Kathleen Ahrens | The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
John Barnden | University of Birmingham, UK
Tony Berber Sardinha | Pontifical University of São Paulo
Rosario Caballero | Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Jonathan Charteris-Black | University of the West of England
Alice Deignan | University of Leeds
Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr. | University of California, Santa Cruz
Janet Ho | Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Veronika Koller | Lancaster University
Jeannette Littlemore | University of Birmingham
Fiona MacArthur | Universidad de Extremadura
Andreas Musolff | University of East Anglia
David Ritchie | Portland State University
Elena Semino | Lancaster University
Gerard J. Steen | University of Amsterdam
Xu Wen | Southwest University, Beibei, Chongqing
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Issues

Volume 12 (2022)

Volume 11 (2021)

Volume 10 (2020)

Volume 9 (2019)

Volume 8 (2018)

Volume 7 (2017)

Volume 6 (2016)

Volume 5 (2015)

Volume 4 (2014)

Volume 3 (2013)

Volume 2 (2012)

Volume 1 (2011)

Latest articles

12 August 2022

  • Individual differences in identifying creative metaphors from video Ads
    Molly Xie Pan Dennis Tay
  • 8 August 2022

  • P. Pérez-Sobrino . 2017. Multimodal Metaphor and Metonymy in Advertising
    Reviewed by Per Boström
  • 26 July 2022

  • C. Di Biase-Dyson M. Egg (Eds). 2020. Drawing Attention to Metaphor
    Reviewed by María Muelas-Gil
  • 14 July 2022

  • J. Barnden A. Gargett (Eds.). 2020. Producing Figurative Expression: Theoretical, Experimental and Practical Perspectives
    Reviewed by Britta C. Brugman
  • 21 June 2022

  • ‘As democracy grows’ : Metaphor scenarios for democracy in Nigerian Senate debates of the Fourth Republic
    Onwu Inya
  • 7 June 2022

  • love and beloved metaphors in Jordanian Arabic and English songs : A cognitive linguistic study
    Aseel Zibin , Abdel Rahman Mitib Altakhaineh Hady Jihad Hamdan
  • 31 May 2022

  • Enemies or obstacles? Metaphors of war and journey in mental health discourse
    Marta Coll-Florit Salvador Climent
  • 10 May 2022

  • The persuasive potential of metaphor when framing Mexican migrants and migration : A comparative study of the US written press
    Laurence De Backer Renata Enghels
  • 22 April 2022

  • Speakers who metaphorize together – argue together : Interaction between metaphors and arguments as a dynamic discourse phenomenon
    Konrad Juszczyk , Barbara Konat Małgorzata Fabiszak
  • 21 April 2022

  • Uncovering the structure of metaphorical lay theories of teaching II : What do different teaching metaphors imply about students?
    Michelle Wong , Stephen J. Flusberg Bridgette Martin Hard
  • 24 February 2022

  • M. Bolognesi , M. Brdar K. Despot (Eds.). 2019. Metaphor and Metonymy in the Digital Age
    Reviewed by Christopher R. Karzmark | MSW 12:1 (2022) pp. 171–179
  • 21 February 2022

  • The semiotics of family in Kazakh wedding toasts from the perspective of intercultural communication
    Zifa Temirgazina , Kanat Rakhimzhanov , Marzhan Akosheva , Malgorzata Luczyk , Nurzhan Kulumzhanov , Aigerim Shaharman Razida Zyuldubayeva
  • 11 February 2022

  • Gestural metaphorical scenarios and coming out narratives
    Tomasz Dyrmo | MSW 12:1 (2022) pp. 23–45
  • 8 February 2022

  • C. Müller H. Kappelhoff . 2018. Cinematic Metaphor: Experience–Affectivity–Temporality
    Reviewed by Lorena Bort-Mir | MSW 12:1 (2022) pp. 165–170
  • B. Winter . 2019. Sensory Linguistics: Language, Perception and Metaphor
    Reviewed by Magdalena Zawisławska | MSW 12:1 (2022) pp. 159–164
  • 7 February 2022

  • Contested paths : Analyzing unfolding metaphor usage in a debate between Dawkins and Lennox
    Peter Richardson Charles M. Mueller | MSW 12:1 (2022) pp. 138–158
  • 20 January 2022

  • Do metaphors make opinions? An empirical study on the effect of metaphorical framing on the opinion on surrogacy
    Margaux Mohnke , Ursula Christmann , Yannick Roos Chris Thomale | MSW 12:1 (2022) p. 92
  • 13 December 2021

  • Socio-pragmatic potential of (verbo)-visual metaphtonymy in Internet memes featuring Donald Trump
    Alla Martynyuk Olga Meleshchenko | MSW 12:1 (2022) pp. 69–91
  • The affect bias in the metaphorical representation of anticipated events : The case of approach
    Anna Piata Cristina Soriano | MSW 12:1 (2022) pp. 115–137
  • 23 November 2021

  • Metaphors of cultural diversity at UNESCO : Legitimization strategies of a new keyword in institutional discourse
    Irit S. Kornblit | MSW 12:1 (2022) pp. 46–68
  • 1 November 2021

  • How visual metaphors can contradict verbal occurrences : A cross-linguistic and multimodal analysis of the  imprint of climate change
    Anaïs Augé | MSW 12:1 (2022) pp. 1–22
  • 12 October 2021

  • Second half part of the apple : Friendship metaphors in second language writing
    Katrin Ahlgren Ulrika Magnusson | MSW 11:2 (2021) pp. 279–301
  • Answering the charge? Metaphors about and by Sami in Norwegian textbooks and in Sami witness testimonies
    Norunn Askeland | MSW 11:2 (2021) pp. 302–328
  • Mashi – this language was in my ears : Metaphors of ‘language’ in language autobiographies narrated by Congolese migrants in Norway
    Anne Golden Guri Steien | MSW 11:2 (2021) pp. 329–351
  • The relationship between topic and metaphor in second-language learners’ essays
    Anne Golden | MSW 11:2 (2021) pp. 261–278
  • Learner translation of metaphor : Smooth sailing?
    Susan Nacey Siri Fürst Skogmo | MSW 11:2 (2021) pp. 212–234
  • Figurative language in multilingual students’ L2 Swedish – a usage-based perspective
    Julia Prentice | MSW 11:2 (2021) pp. 235–260
  • Afterword
    Fiona MacArthur | MSW 11:2 (2021) pp. 352–359
  • S. Nacey , A. G. Dorst , T. Krennmayr W. G. Reijnierse (Eds.). 2019. Metaphor Identification in Multiple Languages: MIPVU around the world
    Reviewed by Camilla Di Biase-Dyson | MSW 11:2 (2021) pp. 373–381
  • J. Littlemore . 2019. Metaphors in the Mind. Sources of Variation in Embodied Metaphor
    Reviewed by Valentina Cuccio | MSW 11:2 (2021) pp. 367–372
  • A. Piquer-Píriz R. Alejo-González (Eds.). 2020. Metaphor in Foreign Language Instruction
    Reviewed by Sally Zacharias | MSW 11:2 (2021) pp. 360–366
  • Foreword : Metaphor in education – a multilingual perspective
    Ana M. Piquer-Píriz | MSW 11:2 (2021) pp. 191–195
  • Metaphor in education : A multilingual and Scandinavian perspective
    Katrin Ahlgren , Anne Golden Ulrika Magnusson | MSW 11:2 (2021) pp. 196–211
  • 8 September 2021

  • “The bloodiness and horror of it” : Intertextuality in metaphorical accounts of endometriosis pain
    Stella Bullo | MSW 11:1 (2021) pp. 1–22
  • The container and force schemas in political discourse : The representation of military strategies in Barack Obama’s discourse
    Marek Hampl | MSW 11:1 (2021) pp. 23–45
  • Metaphorical blending in complex proverbs : A case study
    El Mustapha Lemghari | MSW 11:1 (2021) pp. 71–97
  • Metaphors we teach by : Uncovering the structure of metaphorical lay theories of teaching
    Bridgette Martin Hard , Nathan Liang , Michelle Wong Stephen J. Flusberg | MSW 11:1 (2021) pp. 46–70
  • The #ReframeCovid initiative : From Twitter to society via metaphor
    Inés Olza , Veronika Koller , Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano , Paula Pérez-Sobrino Elena Semino | MSW 11:1 (2021) p. 98
  • The “thinking meme” meme : Person and organism metaphors in Daniel Dennett’s theory of cultural evolution
    L. David Ritchie | MSW 11:1 (2021) pp. 121–142
  • Metaphors in Polish, English, Russian, and French perfumery discourse : A comparative study
    Magdalena Zawisławska Marta Falkowska | MSW 11:1 (2021) pp. 143–170
  • J. Perrez , M. Reuchamps P. H. Thibodeau (Eds.). 2019. Variations in Political Metaphor
    Reviewed by Andreas Musolff | MSW 11:1 (2021) pp. 171–176
  • L. Šarić M.-M. Stanojević (Eds.). 2019. Metaphor, Nation and Discourse
    Reviewed by Julien Perrez | MSW 11:1 (2021) pp. 177–183
  • O. Putz . 2019. Metaphor and National Identity. Alternative Conceptualization of the Treaty of Trianon
    Reviewed by Ljiljana Šarić | MSW 11:1 (2021) pp. 184–190
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    Subjects

    Main BIC Subject

    CF: Linguistics

    Main BISAC Subject

    LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General