Debate between Steen and Gibbs in Journal of Pragmatics

In a recent exchange between psychologist Ray Gibbs and Gerard Steen, Gibbs wonders whether Deliberate Metaphor Theory has a future. Gibbs (2015b) raises this question as a result of Steen’s critique (Steen 2015) of an allegedly failed test of Deliberate Metaphor Theory reported in Gibbs (2015a). Steen’s critique of Gibbs’s experiment argues that the test fails because it is an inadequate conceptualization and operationalization of Deliberate Metaphor Theory. Gibbs replies that in general there is no empirical foundation for Steen’s theoretical claims about deliberate metaphor use and that Steen ignores empirical evidence that goes against DMT. In addition, Gibbs retorts, Steen’s critique of Gibbs’s experimental study fails to explain how it should have been conducted. This leads Gibbs to wonder whether DMT has a future.

You can find the articles of this debate here:

Gibbs, R.W., jr. (2015a). Do pragmatic signals affect conventional metaphor understanding? A failed test of deliberate metaphor theory. Journal of Pragmatics.

Gibbs, R.W., jr. (2015b). Does deliberate metaphor theory have a future? Journal of Pragmatics.

Steen, G.J. (2015). Developing, testing and interpreting deliberate metaphor theory. Journal of Pragmatics.

Live stream Cagliari graduate course

You can follow the Cagliari graduate course ‘A Model for Metaphoron all days, from Monday 11 to Friday 25 May, via a livestream!

During this course Gerard Steen will present an encompassing view of the way in which metaphor in language can be identified and analyzed.

NWO visitor grant for Valentina Cuccio

The Metaphor Lab Amsterdam was awarded a four month visitor grant by NWO for a joint project between Valentina Cuccio, University of Palermo, and Gerard Steen. The objective of the visit, from September through December 2015, is to bring together Steen’s three-dimensional theory of metaphor with innovative insights about the embodied nature of figurative language processing from cognitive neuro science developed by visiting researcher Cuccio. The project aims to develop a novel definition of Embodied Simulation that shows how the body plays a direct role in the initial stages of language comprehension, with a special focus on the area of metaphor comprehension. It also aims to review contrasting findings in embodied language processing research on metaphor comprehension from this new Embodied Simulation perspective and explain apparent incongruities by exploiting Steen’s distinction between deliberate and non-deliberate metaphor.

New affiliation: ABC

We are more than happy to announce our new affiliation: the Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC) center. The center serves as a platform and community for cognitive scientists interested in a wide range of Cognitive Science topics, ranging from perception to memory, decision-making, language and logic.

The first of June, ABC organizes Brain Day, where Gerard Steen will give a talk, introducing the Metaphor Lab to the ABC center and viceversa.

Colin Macilwain about metaphor in the cancer conversation

Colin Macilwain has written an interesting article on the importance of changing the ‘war on cancer’ metaphor. Read his article ‘Change the cancer conversation‘ and let us know what you think.

Cagliari (post)graduate special course

From Monday 11 to Friday 15 May 2015, Professor Gerard Steen will give a special graduate and post graduate course ‘A Model for Metaphor: Metaphor in Language, Thought and Communication’, at the University of Cagliari, Italy.

This course aims to present an encompassing view of the way in which metaphor in language can be identified and analyzed.

RaAM Seminar

We are happy to announce the 5th specialised seminar of the International Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM), which will take place on 10-12 June 2015 in Leiden, the Netherlands.

At this seminar, various Metaphor Lab members will present their work:

Britta Brugman & Kiki Renardel de Lavalette will give a posterpresentation about their Hyperbole Identification Procedure.

Gudrun Reijnierse & Tina Krennmayr will give a workshop “MIP(VU) in translation”.

The seminar will be hosted by the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL).

Plenary speakers

  • Jean Boase-Beier, University of East Anglia (UK)
  • Christina Schäffner, Aston University (UK)
  • Dimitri Psurtsev, Moscow State Linguistic University (Russia)

Metaphors in/and/of Translation

The theme of the 2015 seminar is “Metaphors in/and/of Translation”. The goal of the seminar is to advance the study of metaphor (and other forms of figurative language) through the analysis of metaphors in and of translation.

For more information, see the RaAM website.

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