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Tina Krennmayr, assistant professor

Research interests: Metaphor and foreign language teaching and learning, (applied) cognitive linguistics, metaphor in (news) discourse, metaphor variation in discourse, corpus linguistics


My research is concerned with metaphors. While the word 'metaphor' reminds people of literature and poetry, metaphorical language is all around us. For instance, in "Wall Street has been hitting new peaks" and "prices remain high", prices are not physically higher and there are no mountaintops that Wall Street is literally touching. Because we understand what it means to be at a higher location, we also understand the use of 'high' and 'peaks' in more abstract contexts. This sort of metaphor use is a window onto the ways we think about and understand the world, and how we represent thoughts through language.


I am involved in BA and MA programs (English and International Communication, Minor in English, Multimodal Communication) and the Research Master Program

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Research Output 2007 2018

DMIP: A method for identifying potentially deliberate metaphor in language use

Reijnierse, W. G., Burgers, C. F., Krennmayr, T. & Steen, G. J. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Corpus Pragmatics.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

The Value of Deliberate Metaphor

Reijnierse, W. G. 2017 189 p.

Research output: ScientificPhD Thesis - Research external, graduation external

How viruses and beasts affect our opinions (or not): The role of extendedness in metaphorical framing

Reijnierse, W. G., Burgers, C. F., Krennmayr, T. & Steen, G. J. 2015 In : Metaphor and the Social World. 5, 2, p. 245-263

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

What Corpus Linguistics Can Tell Us About Metaphor Use In Newspaper Texts

Krennmayr, T. 2015 In : Journalism Studies. 16, 4, p. 530-546

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle