Invited talk by Ken McRae

Friday 11 September, 15:00-17.00, Metaphor Lab Amsterdam and the CogVim project organize an invited talk by prof. Ken McRae (Department of Psychology, and Brain & Mind Institute, University of Western Ontario, Canada). His talk will be entitled ‘The Importance of Event Knowledge in the Organization and Structure of Semantic Memory’.

University of Amsterdam
P.C. Hoofthuis, Room 1.04
Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam

If you would like to attend, please register by sending an e-mail to

The lecture will be recorded! So if you can’t make it to the event you’ll be able to watch it online afterwards:

New study on irony in Human Communication Research

Christian Burgers, Camiel Beukeboom, Martinke Kelder and Martine Peeters published their article “How sports fans forge intergroup competition through language: The case of verbal ironyin the July 2015 issue of Human Communication Research. This is the abstract of their study:

In situations with rival groups, people strategically use language to strengthen group identity and foster intergroup competition. We distinguished two communication mechanisms to accomplish this: (a) linguistic aggression toward out-group members, (b) communicating group expectancies. We contrasted these mechanisms across 2 experiments by studying verbal irony. Experiment 1 targeted speaker behavior and showed that Dutch soccer fans found irony more appropriate to comment on out-group (vs. in-group) members, regardless of behavioral valence. Experiment 2 demonstrated differential inferences from irony by neutral observers: Fans using ironic comments about competent (vs. incompetent) behavior were seen more as out-group and less as in-group members. Our experiments demonstrated a communication asymmetry between speaker behavior and addressee inferences.

Volume 3 of Metaphor in Language, Cognition and Communication is out

The third volume of the book series ‘Metaphor in Language, Cognition and Communication’ is out! The book is entitled ‘Elicited Metaphor Analysis in Educational Discourse’ and is edited by Wan Wan and Graham Low (National Hua qiao University / University of York).

The ability to recognise, discuss and evaluate one’s educational beliefs and working practices in metaphoric terms has for several years been seen as a highly valuable tool for increasing self-awareness, facilitating learning (or teaching), and/or predicting behaviour. This is the first edited book solely devoted to the topic of researching elicited metaphor in education, and brings together key researchers from China, Poland, Puerto Rico, South America, UK and USA. The 12 chapters involve overviews and state-of-the-art articles, articles focussing on methodology and validation, as well as reflections on the effectiveness of techniques and research reports of recent empirical studies. The bulk of the articles relate to literacy (L1 and L2) and teacher education, but science education is also addressed. The book offers useful models for academics, professionals and PhD students in these areas, and provides solutions for improving the validity of elicited metaphor techniques in educational research.

Metaphor Lab Amsterdam Summer School 2015: a report

Last week, from Sunday evening 14 June until Friday evening 19 June, 31 PhD students and post doc researchers from all over the world attended the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam Summer School “Methods for Metaphor Identification and Analysis”. It was an intense and inspiring week, working together on metaphors in both language and images. Participants used identification procedures and discussed the theory on metaphor, under the supervision of Gerard Steen, Susan Nacey and Marianna Bolognesi. They trained the participants in various methods of metaphor identification and analysis that they can now apply in their own work. Of course, there was also time for lunch, dinner, drinks and metaphors in social interaction! At the end of the week, it was hard to say goodbye. Fortunately, we are planning on getting back together next year, during the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam Summer School 2016!

We want to thank the Network Institute, the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication and John Benjamins Publishing Company for sponsoring this unique event.

 “It really broadened my horizon on metaphor research”

  “This has been an intellectually and socially rewarding week”

Invited talk by Vladimir Kush

Wednesday 17 June, 15.30 – 17.45, Metaphor Lab Amsterdam and the CogVim project (Marie Curie Fellowship) organize an invited talk by guest speaker Vladimir Kush. This talk is embedded in the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam Summer School program but is open for everyone who is interested in art and metaphor.

Vladimir Kush is an artist and founder of ‘metaphorical realism’: “To reflect the world in the mirror of the metaphor —­ this is the goal of the artist”. You can already view his work online on and find more information on his talk in the flyer.

Doelenzaal, University Library
Singel 421-427
1012 WP Amsterdam

If you would like to attend, please register by sending an e-mail to

There will be a Q&A session and refreshments after the presentation.

Narrative and Metaphor in the Law Symposium

Saturday, January 30, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Stanford Law School, Crown Quadrangle
Room 180

The role of narrative in every dimension of legal theory and practice of the law has been much explored in recent years. Examination of the role of metaphor in the law has been almost as vigorous. The symposium “Narrative and Metaphor in the Law” will bring together outstanding scholars from different dimensions of legal research, with thinkers from anthropology, cognitive psychology, creative writing, the media and public policy for a series of conversations designed to bridge the gap between narrative research and metaphor research in the law. Papers for the symposium will be distributed to attendees for reading in advance, so early registration is advised.

Visit the symposium website for more information.

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