The role of co-text in the analysis of potentially deliberate metaphor

W. Gudrun Reijnierse, Christian Burgers, T. Krennmayr, G.J. Steen

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Abstract

Taking Deliberate Metaphor Theory (Steen, 2015) as a starting point, this chapter investigates the way in which co-text influences the identification and analysis of potentially deliberate metaphor in discourse. While co-text plays a role in the identification and analysis of the linguistic and conceptual dimensions of metaphor, its role in the identification and analysis of metaphor as metaphor at the communicative dimension is more complex. In a series of analyses, we first examine metaphors in relative isolation (at utterance level), and subsequently take additional textual information into consideration. We demonstrate how co-text can play an indispensable role in the identification and further analysis of potentially deliberate metaphor, thereby providing important new insights into the complexity of deliberate-metaphor analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDrawing Attention to Metaphor
Subtitle of host publicationCase studies across time periods, cultures and modalities
EditorsCamilla Di Biase-Dyson, Markus Egg
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages15-38
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789027261496
ISBN (Print)9789027205018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameFigurative Thought and Language
Volume5

Keywords

  • deliberate metaphor
  • Deliberate Metaphor Theory (DMT)
  • figurative language
  • discourse analysis
  • co-text
  • qualitative analysis

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