Metaphor in Discourse by Elena SeminoMetaphor in Discourse by Elena Semino

Metaphor in Discourse

byElena Semino

Paperback | September 22, 2008

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'Metaphor' is the phenomenon whereby we talk and, potentially, think about something in terms of something else. In this 2008 book Elena Semino discusses metaphor as a common linguistic occurrence, which is varied in its textual appearance, versatile in the functions it may perform, and central to many different types of communication, from informal interaction to political speeches. She discusses the use of metaphor across a variety of texts and genres from literature, politics, science, education, advertising and the discourse of mental illness. Each chapter includes detailed case studies focusing on specific texts, from election leaflets to specialist scientific articles. Also included is a detailed consideration of corpus (computer-based) methods of analysis. Wide-ranging and informative, this book will be invaluable to those interested in metaphor from a range of disciplines.
Title:Metaphor in DiscourseFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:260 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:September 22, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521686962

ISBN - 13:9780521686969


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: studying metaphor in discourse; 2. Metaphor in literature; 3. Metaphor in politics; 4. Metaphor in science and education; 5. Metaphor in other genres and discourses: two further case studies; 6. Corpora and metaphor; 7. Conclusions.

Editorial Reviews

'Metaphor in Discourse successfully illustrates a diverse range of functions for metaphor ... accessible and lively throughout and there is sustained quality of illustration and of argumentation ... another valuable contribution in the burgeoning field of metaphor studies.' Journal of Sociolinguistics