'Battered hero' or 'innocent victim'? A comparative study of metaphors for euro trading

Charteris-Black, Jonathan and Musolff, Andreas (2003) 'Battered hero' or 'innocent victim'? A comparative study of metaphors for euro trading. English for Special Purposes, 22 (2). pp. 153-176.

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This is a corpus based study that compares the use of metaphor in the reporting of the euro in the English and German financial press during a period of turbulent financial trading. While the approach to metaphor is broadly cognitive linguistic, metaphors are identified using two criteria: a broad semantic one that includes cases of reification and personification and a narrow one in which metaphor is treated as pragmatically motivated. This is when the use of a word or phrase is determined by the need to persuade the reader. Metaphors that describe euro trading in terms of (1) up/down movement and (2) health, characterise financial reporting in both English and German. However, English reporting also employs many combat metaphors in which the euro is an active agent. This is represented by a conceptual metaphor: EURO TRADING IS COMBAT. However, German reporting characterises the euro as a passive beneficiary of the actions of institutional bodies (banks and governments). The pragmatic approach to metaphor highlights the rhetorical importance of metaphors because they influence opinions. It is important for ESP learners to be aware of the cognitive and pragmatics differences in the purposes to which metaphors can be put.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Language and Communication Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Migration Research Network
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Heritage and History
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Area Studies
Depositing User: Philip Robinson
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2011 12:27
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2023 15:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/25541
DOI: 10.1016/S0889-4906(02)00012-1

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