Metaphor in Specialist Discourse

J. Berenike Herrmann | Göttingen University, Germany
ORCID logoTony Berber Sardinha | Sao Paulo Catholic University, Brazil
ISBN 9789027202086 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027267849 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Metaphor in Specialist Discourse presents multiple perspectives on metaphor use in specialist and popularized discourse contexts. Using genre and register as starting parameters for deeper exploration, and pushing the boundaries further to open up new areas and possibilities, ten independent articles investigate metaphor use across a range of specialist domains of discourse, such as biology research articles, psychological counseling, soccer commentaries, workfloor communication, and penal policy documents. Framed by two theoretical chapters, the book is a contribution to the study of metaphor use in distinct discourse settings that will be of value to linguists and metaphor scholars of different persuasions, graduate students of linguistics and related disciplines, and practitioners of specialized areas with an interest in (verbal or gestural) language use in their areas of expertise. It shows that aspects of discourse variation are the beginning of, not an afterthought to, accurate empirical metaphor studies.
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[M]etaphor in specialist discourse presents exciting insights exploring different aspects of metaphor in a variety of specialist discourse including written and spoken, formal and informal, academic and non-academic. One of the strengths of the volume, according to Littlemore (p. 299) is that all the authors have used real-life data to explore the roles played by metaphors in everyday language and other forms of communication.”
“[T]he volume makes a worthwhile theoretical and methodological contribution to specialist discourse research and offers readers insights into how to achieve communication successfully and efficiently in specific contexts.”
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Musolff, Andreas
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Saneie Moghadam, Maryam & Reza Ghafar Samar
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Sun, Ya, Guangsa Jin, Yingli Yang & Jingjing Zhao
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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