Motion Metaphors in Music Criticism

An empirical investigation of their conceptual motivation and their metaphoricity

ORCID logoNina Julich-Warpakowski | University of Erfurt
ISBN 9789027212719 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027256942 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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The book explores (1) the motivation of motion expressions in Western classical music criticism in terms of conceptual metaphors (Lakoff & Johnson, 1980, 1999) in two corpus studies, and (2) their perceived degree of metaphoricity among musicians and non-musicians in a rating study. The results show that while fundamental embodied conceptual metaphors like TIME IS MOTION certainly play a part in explaining why we speak of Western classical music as motion, it is the specific communicative setting of music criticism that determines the particular use of motion metaphors.
Furthermore, the perceived metaphoricity of musical motion metaphors varies with participants’ musical background: musicians perceive musical motion expressions as more literal compared to non-musicians, showing that there are individual differences in the perception of metaphoricity.
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Julich-Warpakowski, Nina & Thomas Wiben Jensen
2023. Zooming in on the notion of metaphoricity . Metaphor and the Social World 13:1  pp. 16 ff. DOI logo
Julich-Warpakowski, Nina & Paula Pérez Sobrino
2023. Introduction. Metaphor and the Social World 13:1  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Wadley, Phillip, Thora Tenbrink & Alan Wallington
2024. Moving Figures and Grounds in music description. Cognitive Linguistics 35:1  pp. 109 ff. DOI logo

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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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