The study of metaphor as part of critical discourse analysis

Musolff, Andreas (2012) The study of metaphor as part of critical discourse analysis. Critical Discourse Studies, 9 (3). pp. 301-310. ISSN 1740-5904

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This article discusses how the study of metaphoric and more generally, figurative language use contributes to critical discourse analysis (CDA). It shows how cognitive linguists’ recognition of metaphor as a fundamental means of concept- and argument-building can add to CDA's account of meaning constitution in the social context. It then discusses discrepancies between the early model of conceptual metaphor theory and empirical data and argues that discursive-pragmatic factors as well as sociolinguistic variation have to be taken into account in order to make cognitive analyses more empirically and socially relevant. In conclusion, we sketch a modified cognitive approach informed by Relevance Theory within CDA.

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
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2012 10:18
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 09:50
DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2012.688300

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