3 March – Britta Brugman & Kiki Renardel de Lavalette

Hyperbole Identification Procedure: An introduction.

In comparison to metaphor, metonymy and irony, hyperbole as a figure of speech has received little scholarly attention. Moreover, no generally accepted definition of hyperbole exists, nor have hyperbole scholars attempted to develop a valid identification procedure of hyperbole ‘in the wild’. However, in order to conduct empirical research into the structures and functions of hyperbole, the ability to identify hyperbole in authentic, naturally produced language is imperative. Therefore, along the same lines as the Metaphor Identification Procedure Vrije Universiteit (MIPVU) (Steen et al. ,2010) and the Verbal Irony Procedure (VIP) (Burgers, Van Mulken & Schellens, 2011), our objective is to develop and validate a reliable method of hyperbole identification: the Hyperbole Identification Procedure (HIP).

Britta Brugman and Kiki Renardel de Lavalette are both Academy Assistants at the Network Institute at the VU. In their talk they will first do a trial run of their presentation for VIOT, a conference they will attend a few days later, after which they will take you through the procedure and their research project progress.