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The adaptation of metaphors across genres

Semino, Elena (2011) The adaptation of metaphors across genres. Review of Cognitive Linguistics, 9 (1). pp. 130-152. ISSN 1877-9751

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    Abstract

    In this paper I consider the ways in which a metaphor that was first introduced in an article on pain mechanisms published in Science has been adapted and developed in a selection of texts that can be broadly described as `educational': a neuroscience website aimed at children, a self-help guide for chronic pain sufferers, and a book aimed at medical professionals. In the course of the discussion I point out both the advantages and potential disadvantages of these developments. As such, this paper aims to make a contribution to a growing body of research on metaphor in actual contexts of use, and particularly on variation in the use of metaphor across genres that are aimed at different audiences.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Review of Cognitive Linguistics
    Additional Information: This is a pre-peer review version of an article which has been published in the journal, Review of Cognitive Linguistics, 9 (2), 2011. © 2011 John Benjamins the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use the material in any form.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: education ; genre ; metaphor ; pain ; Science
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 33488
    Deposited By: Dr Elena Semino
    Deposited On: 24 May 2010 10:02
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 25 Oct 2013 18:39
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/33488

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