Metaphor Festival 2019: CALL FOR PAPERS

The Metaphor Lab Amsterdam is delighted to announce that the next Metaphor Festival will take place in Amsterdam from 28 – 31 August 2019.

The Metaphor Festival is an annual conference on the use of figurative language and other modes of figurative expression, such as multimodal or non-verbal communication. It offers an opportunity to present and learn about research findings concerning the structures, functions, and effects of figurative language in different types of human communication. Contributions to the Festival can address tropes such as metaphor, metonymy, hyperbole and irony.


  • Word limit: Abstracts should be 300 words maximum and should be written in English (please provide glosses or translations for examples in other languages).
  • Structure: Abstracts reporting on empirical data should have four sections: introduction, methods, findings, and conclusions. Abstracts providing a purely theoretical or philosophical contribution should have three sections: introduction, main argument, and conclusions.
  • Take-home message: All abstracts should end with a one-sentence take-home-message.
  • Double-blind review: Authors need to make sure that their identities cannot be retrieved from the abstract itself, and should include blind reference to their work that is not yet publicly available (i.e., papers in press, under review and. or in preparation).


Deadline for submission is 15 March 2019. The online submission system is available on: 


Please check our website or our Facebook page ( for any updates. You are welcome to contact the organizing committee at in case of any enquiries.

Review of Mixing Metaphor

A review of Mixing Metaphor (6th volume of ‘Metaphor in Language, Cognition and Communication’) appeared in ‘Metaphor and the Social World’, volume 8:2. The review, by Jordan Zlatev and Georgios Stampoulidis can be found below.

Paper on domain constructions published

The paper ‘On metaphorical views, dynamite, and doodlings
Functions of domain adjectives in metaphorical domain constructions’ by Gudrun Reijnierse, Christian Burgers, Tina Krennmeyr and Gerard Steen had been published in the November issue of the Review of Cognitive Linguistics.

The paper presents a systematic, bottom-up, investigation of the role of adjectives as metaphor signals in metaphorical domain constructions (MDCs) within the framework of Deliberate Metaphor Theory. The full paper can be found here

Lettie Dorst and Berenike Herrmann give MIPVU workshop in Basel

Berenike Herrmann and Lettie Dorst will be giving a workshop on metaphor identification with MIPVU for MA and PhD students at the Digital Humanities Lab of the University of Basel (8 and 9 November 2018). The workshop includes an exploration of a vector-based method and a tutorial on a web-based collaborative annotation too, CATMA.

Coordinated with the workshop are two public lectures, which are open to an interested audience. For organizational reasons, interested parties who only want to attend the lectures are kindly asked to register briefly by email (

8 November: 18.00 | Evening Lecture (→ German Seminar Room 3)
«How hard can it be? A Closer Look at How Human Translators and Machine Translation Software Handle Metaphor in Translation»
A.G. (Lettie) Dorst, Leiden | Chair: Nils Reiter, Stuttgart

9 November: 12.30 – 13.30 | Lunch Lecture (→ Deutsches Seminar Room 3)
«Empiricising Hermeneutics: The Methodological Scope of Digital Text Annotation»
Jan Christoph Meister, Hamburg | Chair: Lars Konieczny, Freiburg i. Br.

Further information can be found at 

ACLC Lecture Gerard Steen

Friday 19-10, Gerard Steen gave an ACLC lecture titled: ‘Taking metaphor from language to communication and back.

Metaphor Festival ‘ 18: Report

From August 30th to September 1st, the third edition of the Metaphor Festival Amsterdam was organised by the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam. Almost a hundred participants from 25 countries (including Italy, Romania, Iran, Canada, and Indonesia) participated in three days of inspiring academic talks and hands-on workshops.

In more than 50 talks, participants presented their research on metaphor  and other types of figurative language in topics such as religion, politics, health, and literature.  Keynote speeches were delivered by Prof. dr. Ray Gibbs and Prof. dr. Margot van Mulken. Paloma Opazo was awarded the Christina Alm-Arvius Award (for best presentation by a PhD student) for her paper Manipulating sound with the body: Recurrent patterns used by classical orchestra conductors in the expression of musical dynamics. On Saturday, participants enjoyed three workshops focusing on ‘metaphorical minds’: metaphor and mindfulness, metaphor and dementia, and metaphor and song translation.

We would like to thank all participants for making the 2018 edition of the Metaphor Festival Amsterdam such a big success! We hope to see many of you (again) next year!

We would also like to thank our partners Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC), Network Institute, and John Benjamins Publishing Company for supporting the Festival.

Picturs of the Metaphor Festival 2018 are available here:

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