Publication details [#60153]

Tay, Dennis and Jennifer Jordan. 2015. Metaphor and the notion of control in trauma talk. Text & Talk 35 (4) : 553–573.
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De Gruyter


This study reviews four discursive patterns that show how speakers in the aftermath of the 2010–2012 Christchurch earthquakes, employed metaphor in their conceptualization of a sense of “control” over their direct physical milieu. This indicates that metaphor moves beyond a conceptualization role to perform a “scaffolding” task in trauma talk, where a prime target topic may function as a source concept for a next one. Therapists hence could respond to conceptual materials that arise as therapeutic interaction develops.