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Unrealistic scenarios, metaphorical blends and rhetorical strategies across genres.

Semino, Elena (2010) Unrealistic scenarios, metaphorical blends and rhetorical strategies across genres. English Text Construction, 3 (2). pp. 250-274. ISSN 1874-8767

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Abstract

In this paper I discuss a form of metaphorical creativity that involves the introduction of ‘unrealistic’ scenarios for rhetorical purposes in expository and argumentative texts. I primarily account for the nature and function of this form of creativity in terms of Fauconnier and Turner’s (2002) notion of Blending, with some references to Conceptual Metaphor theory (Lakoff and Johnson 1980, 1999). I show that a proper account of the textual extracts I analyse needs to consider the role of genre in the construction and interpretation of texts, and allow for differences in meaning construction between writers and readers, and between different groups of readers.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: English Text Construction
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 34510
Deposited By: Dr Elena Semino
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2010 11:45
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 21:58
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34510

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