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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 2019

Metaphor in communication: The distribution of potentially deliberate metaphor across register and word class

Reijnierse, W. G., Burgers, C. F., Krennmayr, T. & Steen, G. J. 2019 (Accepted/In press) In : Corpora. 14, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

Reijnierse, W. G., Burgers, C. F., Krennmayr, T. & Steen, G. J. 2018 In : Corpus Pragmatics. 2, 2, p. 129-147

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

On Metaphorical Views, Dynamite, and Doodlings: Functions of Domain Adjectives in Metaphorical Domain Constructions

Reijnierse, W. G., Burgers, C. F., Krennmayr, T. & Steen, G. J. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Review of Cognitive Linguistics. 16, 2, p. 432-455

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Value of Deliberate Metaphor

Reijnierse, W. G. 2017 189 p.

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research external, graduation external

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Activities 2007 2015

  • 36 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Conference

Languages in contact: Identifying metaphors in English as L2 discourse

F. MacArthur (Speaker), Krennmayr, T. (Speaker), J. Littlemore (Speaker)

Activity: ScientificLecture / Presentation

MIP(VU) in translation

Krennmayr, T. (Speaker), W.G. Reijnierse (Speaker)

Activity: ScientificLecture / Presentation

Deliberate metaphors in newspaper reporting

Krennmayr, T. (Speaker)
16 May 2014

Activity: ScientificLecture / Presentation

Using Wmatrix to identify source domains in discourse

Krennmayr, T. (Speaker)

Activity: ScientificLecture / Presentation

Economic competition is like auto racing: building metaphorical schemas when reading text

Krennmayr, T. (Speaker)
21 Jun 2014

Activity: ScientificLecture / Presentation