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The Role of (Deliberate) Metaphor in Communicating Knowledge in Academic Discourse

by Anke Beger

Part of the DASK - Duisburger Arbeiten zur Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft / Duisburg Papers on Research in Language and Culture Series

The Role of (Deliberate) Metaphor in Communicating Knowledge in Academic Discourse Synopsis

While the relatively recent notion of 'deliberate' metaphors - metaphors that supposedly play a special role in communication - is contested among researchers, the debate lacks empirical grounding. This book presents the first large-scale study of forms and functions of deliberate metaphors in authentic spoken academic discourse. The author's comprehensive qualitative analyses of 23 US-American college lectures from four different disciplines demonstrate that deliberate metaphors occur in various forms and fulfill important communicative functions. While these findings may indicate the value of deliberate metaphors, the author's critical discussions of both identification and application of deliberate metaphors in authentic discourse also point out issues with the very concept of 'deliberate' metaphor.

Book Information

ISBN: 9783631779989
Publication date: 30th September 2019
Author: Anke Beger
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 454 pages
Categories: Colleges of higher education, Discourse analysis,

About Anke Beger

Anke Beger studied English and German to become a school teacher at the Europa-Universitat Flensburg (EUF). Afterwards, she spent a year as an assistant teacher in the USA. In 2018, Anke Beger obtained her doctoral degree in English Linguistics at the EUF where she works as a researcher and lecturer.

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