Alice Deignan

List of John Benjamins publications for which Alice Deignan plays a role.

Book series




Researching and Applying Metaphor in the Real World

Edited by Graham Low, Zazie Todd, Alice Deignan and Lynne Cameron

[Human Cognitive Processing, 26] 2010. xii, 385 pp.
Subjects Cognition and language | Language acquisition | Semantics
Subjects Cognition and language | Corpus linguistics | Pragmatics | Semantics


Deignan, Alice and Elena Semino 2022 Metaphors and meaning-making in young people’s talk about climate changeDynamism in Metaphor and Beyond, Colston, Herbert L., Teenie Matlock and Gerard J. Steen (eds.), pp. 191–204 | Chapter
Climate change is of especial relevance to young people, yet studies have found that there is no consistent approach to teaching about it in terms of either scientific facts or societal implications. In the UK, it is taught in different elements of the curriculum, but as knowledge to be tested,… read more
MacArthur questions the use of the “Macmillan Dictionary” in metaphor identification. In this response, I argue that the ideal way of determining basic meaning is by analysis of concordance citations sampled from an appropriate corpus. This is demonstrated using a 1000 word sample of the… read more
Deignan, Alice 2015 Payback and punishment: Metaphors in Scottish penal policyMetaphor in Specialist Discourse, Herrmann, J. Berenike and Tony Berber Sardinha (eds.), pp. 79–100 | Article
This paper presents an analysis of metaphors for punishment in policy discourse in Scotland, which has embarked on an ambitious programme of penal reform. We analysed a corpus consisting of the four key policy documents of the penal reform programme. Our objectives were firstly, to identify the… read more
Deignan, Alice and Graham Low 2014 Editors’ noteMetaphor and the Social World 4:2, p.  | Article
Deignan, Alice 2010 18. The evaluative properties of metaphorsResearching and Applying Metaphor in the Real World, Low, Graham, Zazie Todd, Alice Deignan and Lynne Cameron (eds.), pp. 357–374 | Article
It has been asserted by a number of writers from a range of disciplines that metaphors have evaluative and persuasive properties. In the Conceptual Metaphor Theory literature, it is widely agreed that metaphor is evaluative, persuasive and therefore potentially ideological. Outside the cognitive… read more
Low, Graham, Zazie Todd, Alice Deignan and Lynne Cameron 2010 Editors’ introductionResearching and Applying Metaphor in the Real World, Low, Graham, Zazie Todd, Alice Deignan and Lynne Cameron (eds.), pp. vii–xii | Article
Deignan, Alice 2008 7. Corpus linguistic data and conceptual metaphor theoryConfronting Metaphor in Use: An applied linguistic approach, Zanotto, Mara Sophia, Lynne Cameron and Marilda C. Cavalcanti (eds.), pp. 149–162 | Article
Deignan, Alice 2007 “Image” metaphors and connotations in everyday languageAnnual Review of Cognitive Linguistics: Volume 5, Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco José (ed.), pp. 173–192 | Article
In this paper, I argue that the general notion of an image metaphor, which has been traditionally confined to so-called “one-shot metaphors”, as used in literary and poetic language, could be expanded to describe many expressions that are found in everyday language. Following Caballero (2003a), I… read more