Political Metaphor Analysis: Discourse and Scenarios

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Aug 25, 2016 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 208 pages
Political metaphors and related figurative discourse tools are characterised by their variability and contentiousness. Using them, discourse participants try to gain competitive advantage over others by offering their audiences new meaning nuances, challenging each other and announcing political initiatives. It is here that metaphor as a means to change meanings – and thus, to change social and political reality – comes into its own.

Political Metaphor Analysis provides an innovative approach to the study of figurative language use in political discourse by presenting empirical analyses based on a large corpus of political metaphors and metonymies, linking these analyses to theoretical positions and assessing their limitations and perspectives for further exploration. The 'classic' model of conceptual metaphor analysis, pioneered by Lakoff and Johnson (1980) and expanded and amended over the past thirty-five years, is critically examined with regard to new findings about the variation, historicity, pragmatic exploitation, comprehension and interpretation of metaphors.

As a central new analytical category, the notion of “metaphor scenario” is proposed and tested against various sub-sets of data. It allows to link hypothesised conceptual metaphors to narrative, argumentative and evaluative patterns in actual discourse and understanding processes, so that their cognitive significance can be more reliably gauged and theoretically modelled.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Political conflict as war
7
Chapter 3 Metaphors cognitive models and scenarios
25
Britain at the heart of Europe
39
Chapter 5 The belly and the body politic
55
Chapter 6 Parasites scrounging and the question of deliberate metaphor
73
Collective identity construction
93
Chapter 8 Understanding political metaphor
115
How does scenario analysis fit into cognitive metaphor studies?
133
Source concepts of the metaphor nation as body in British French and German media in BODYPOL
141
Source concepts and English lexis in the metaphor field centred on the nation state is a human body in BODYPOL
145
Linguisticcultural background of questionnaire participants
149
Notes
151
Bibliography
165
Index
189
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Andreas Musolff is Director of Research at the University of East Anglia, UK.

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