1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Metaphor and Language

Edited By Elena Semino, Zsófia Demjén Copyright 2017
    560 Pages
    by Routledge

    560 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Metaphor and Language provides a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research on metaphor and language. Featuring 35 chapters written by leading scholars from around the world, the volume takes a broad view of the field of metaphor and language, and brings together diverse and distinct theoretical and applied perspectives to cover six key areas:

    • Theoretical approaches to metaphor and language, covering Conceptual Metaphor Theory, Relevance Theory, Blending Theory and Dynamical Systems Theory;

    • Methodological approaches to metaphor and language, discussing ways of identifying metaphors in verbal texts, images and gestures, as well as the use of corpus linguistics;

    • Formal variation in patterns of metaphor use across text types, historical periods and languages; 

    • Functional variation of metaphor, in contexts including educational, commercial, scientific and political discourse, as well as online trolling;

    • The applications of metaphor for problem solving, in business, education, healthcare and conflict situations;

    • Language, metaphor, and cognitive development, examining the processing and comprehension of metaphors.

    The Routledge Handbook of Language and Metaphor is a must-have survey of this key field, and is essential reading for those interested in language and metaphor.

    Introduction: Metaphor and language

    Section 1: Theoretical approaches to metaphor in language

    1. Conceptual metaphor theory

    2. Figurativeness, conceptual metaphor and blending

    3. Relevance theory and metaphor

    4. Metaphor, language, and dynamical systems

    Section 2: Methodological approaches to metaphor in language

    5. Identifying metaphors in language

    6. Finding systematic metaphors

    7. From linguistic to conceptual metaphors

    8. Corpus-linguistic approaches to metaphor analysis

    9. Analysing metaphor in gesture: A set of metaphor identification guidelines for gesture (MIG-G)

    10. Analysing metaphors in multimodal texts

    Section 3: Formal variation of metaphor in language

    11. Metaphor and parts-of-speech

    12. Textual patterning of metaphor

    13. Genre and metaphor: use and variation across usage events

    14. Creative metaphor in literature

    15. Conventional and novel metaphors in language

    16. Metaphor and diachronic variation

    17. Metaphor in translation

    18. Metaphor in Sign language

    Section 4: Functional variation of metaphor in language

    19. Metaphor use in educational contexts: functions and variations

    20. Metaphor and the representation of scientific issues: climate change in print and online news

    21. Metaphor and persuasion in politics

    22. Metaphor and persuasion in commercial advertising

    23. Metaphor and story-telling

    24. Metaphor, impoliteness, and offence in online communication

    Section 5: Applications/Interventions: using metaphor for problem solving

    25. Using metaphor in healthcare: mental health

    26. Using metaphor in healthcare: physical health

    27. Using metaphor as a management tool

    28. Using metaphor in the teaching of second/foreign languages

    29. Using metaphor for peace-building, empathy, and reconciliation

    30. Using metaphor to influence public perceptions and policy: Or, how metaphors can save the world

    Section 6: Language, metaphor and cognitive development

    31. Metaphor processing

    32. Psycholinguistic approaches to metaphor acquisition and use

    33. Metaphor acquisition and use in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders

    34. Metaphor comprehension and production in a second language

    35. Metaphors for language and communication


    Elena Semino is Professor of Linguistics and Verbal Art and Head of the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, UK. She also holds a Visiting Professorship at Fuzhou University in China.

    Zsófia Demjén is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at UCL Institute of Education, University College, London.



    "The Routledge Handbook of Metaphor and Language provides a comprehensive and authoritative overview of interdisciplinary knowledge of metaphor. Bringing together work from a wide range of reputed scholars of metaphor it displays a well-conceived balance between theory, methodology and application. As well as offering practical insights into the methodology of metaphor researchers it is testimony to the continuing fascination that metaphor holds for those interested in exploring the complex relationship between language, cognition and the role of language in the construction of the social world."
    Jonathan Charteris-Black, University of the West of England, UK

    "For technical communicators who have an interest in language and how it works, this Handbook would be a valuable asset. ... Students, in technical communication classes and other language classes, as well as their faculty, will also find value in the Handbook."
    Tom Warren, Oklahoma State Universtiy, USA