Call for Papers: MIPVU in multiple languages

In 2010, Steen, Dorst, Herrmann, Kaal, Krennmayr and Pasma published a detailed guidebook for a method for linguistic metaphor identification, widely known as “MIPVU” (Metaphor Identification Procedure VU University Amsterdam) – an expanded version of the earlier Metaphor Identification Procedure (MIP) and the ‘Pragglejaz’ procedure. MIPVU provides a step-by-step protocol for identifying metaphors in discourse in a valid, transparent, and replicable way. It advocates the use of corpus-based dictionaries as tools to help identify both clear and borderline cases of three types of linguistic metaphor:
1) indirect metaphor, when there is a contrast between contextual and basic senses that may be attributed to comparison
2) direct metaphor, when there is no contrast between contextual and basic senses despite an underlying metaphorical reasoning, and
3) implicit metaphor, due to an underlying cohesive link in the discourse referring to an identifiable metaphor.

Both MIPVU and MIP were originally developed for linguistic metaphor identification in English discourse. Given the idiosyncrasies of individual languages, the application of either procedure to languages other than English necessarily entails adjustments to the procedure. We therefore invite scholars working on metaphor identification in general, and MIPVU/MIP in particular, in languages other than English to contribute their innovative research to a thematic volume “MIPVU in multiple languages”.

For more information, see the CfP.

Volume 4 of Metaphor in Language, Cognition and Communication is out

The fourth volume of the book series ‘Metaphor in Language, Cognition and Communication’ is out! The book is titled Metaphor in specialist discourse’ and is edited by Herrmann and Berber Sardinha (Göttingen University / São Paulo Catholic University).

This chapter introduces the overall purpose, theoretical background, and structure of this collective volume. We start with our initial motivation, advancing the empirical study of metaphor in specialist discourse. Matching our goal, depicting metaphor use across a range of specialist domains and communities of discourse, we give an overview of the individual articles. The main emphasis, however, is on sketching a model of metaphor use in specific and popularized discourse settings that serves as a framework for the volume. Specifically, we draw on the latest discourse- and cognition-oriented metaphor studies, in particular conceptual metaphor theory, which we link to genre and register studies. We propose that aspects of discourse variability are the beginning, not an afterthought, of accurate empirical metaphor studies.

Kiki Renardel de Lavalette nominated for VU University master thesis prize

Kiki Renardel de Lavalette is nominated for the VU University, Faculty of Humanities, master thesis prize 2016, with her thesis in which she analyses presidential speeches and tries to identify moral language by comparing two methods of corpus analysis.

Wednesday the 27th of January 2016, one of the ten nominees will be awarded the thesis prize during the Gruatuate Seminar.

Watch Gerard Steen’s keynote speech at the International Conference on Metaphor and Discourse online

You can now watch Gerard Steen’s keynote speech at the International Conference on Metaphor and Discourse (3 – 4 December 2015, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón de la Plana, Spain) online here!

Britta Brugman wins Wilhelmina Drucker Student Talent Award

Britta Brugman has won the Wilhelmina Drucker Student Talent Award! The Wilhelmina Drucker Award is a new initiative to promote female talent within the Faculty of Social Sciences of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The Wilhelmina Drucker Student Talent Award is the award for talented female master students. Other awards were the Wilhelmina Drucker PhD-Talent Award and the Wilhelmina Drucker Early Career Award.

Britta Brugman nominated for VU University master thesis prize

Britta Brugman is nominated for the VU University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Johannes van der Zouwen master thesis prize, with her thesis.

Frames form an important part of every public debate. Therefore, framing is one of the most important theories within communication sciences. However, communication scientists frequently disagree about how to study frames. They focus on both generic and unique frames. Britta connects these studies by coming up with a completely new solution: clustering unique and generic frames under a different variable. She based her study on the Theory of Moral Reasoning of cognitive linguist George Lakoff, who argues that framing in political communication is based on metaphorical thinking.

The 15th of January 2016, 15.00-17.00, one of the nominees will be awarded the thesis prize in the Agora room in the main building of VU University.

Have a look at the VU website for more information about the other nominees.

Gudrun Reijnierse wins prize for best presentation at NAP symposium

20 November 2015, Gudrun Reijnierse has won the prize for best presentation at ACLC’s NAP symposium.

The NAP-dag is a day on which junior researchers predominately from the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC) present their work.

She presented “How viruses and beasts affect our opinions (or not): The role of extendedness in metaphorical framing”.

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