An integrated approach to metaphor and framing in cognition, discourse and practice, with an application to metaphors for cancer

Semino, Elena and Demjen, Zsofia and Demmen, Jane Elizabeth (2018) An integrated approach to metaphor and framing in cognition, discourse and practice, with an application to metaphors for cancer. Applied Linguistics, 39 (5). pp. 625-645. ISSN 0142-6001

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Abstract

In this paper, we examine the notion of ‘framing’ as a function of metaphor from three interrelated perspectives – cognitive, discourse-based, and practice-based, with the aim of providing an adaptable blueprint of good practice in framing analysis. We bring together cognitive and discourse-based approaches in an integrated multi-level framework, and demonstrate its value to both theory and practice by applying it to a corpus-based study of violence-related metaphors for cancer. Through the application of this framework, we show that there are merits in applying the notion of framing at different levels of generality in metaphor analysis (conceptual metaphors, metaphor scenarios, and linguistic metaphors), depending on one’s research aims. We warn that researchers and practitioners need to remain aware of what conclusions can and cannot be drawn at each level, and we show the theoretical and practical advantages of taking all three levels into account when considering the use of metaphor for communicating about sensitive topics such as cancer. We emphasize the need for a ‘rich’ definition of framing, including aspects such as agency, evaluations and emotions.

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Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Applied Linguistics
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80862
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Deposited On:
11 Aug 2016 08:30
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Yes
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03 Jun 2020 03:43