Metaphor Lab Amsterdam Winter School 2017: a report

From Sunday evening 22 January until Friday evening 27 January, 27 Master students, PhD students and post doc researchers from 16 different countries attended the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam Winter School “Metaphor Identification and Analysis”. Under the supervision of Gerard Steen, Susan Nacey, Tina Krennmayr, Jean Wagemans and Marianna Bolognesi the students followed courses on visual metaphor or metaphor and argumentation in the morning and learned about MIPVU in the afternoon. Students could also attend plenary talks by Gerard Steen. This way, the teachers trained the participants in various methods of metaphor identification and analysis that the students can now apply in their own work. At the end of the week the participants gave a presentation about what they learned during the winter school. Since the school also included lunch, dinner, drinks, bowling and sightseeing, the students not only learned a lot about metaphor in language, image and argumentation, but also got the chance to meet new people and a new city!

We want to thank the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication and the CogVim project for sponsoring this unique event.

 “It was a beneficial workshop that gave me a hands-on practical experience in addition to that it answered a lot of the questions I had”

  “This school allows me to make new friends and potential future colleagues so it was a really good experience”

CfP Metaphor Festival 2017 out now!


Amsterdam, 31 August – 2 September 2017

The Metaphor Lab Amsterdam is delighted to announce that the next Metaphor Festival will take place in Amsterdam from 31 August through 2 September 2017. The Metaphor Festival is an annual conference on the use of figurative language and other modes of figurative expression. It used to be arranged by the Department of English at Stockholm University. From 2006 through 2015, a series of ten successful conferences was held in Stockholm bringing together researchers from a broad range of academic disciplines, working within different theoretical and methodological paradigms in a creative, internationally oriented, and friendly atmosphere. The Metaphor Lab Amsterdam continues this tradition and last year’s first Metaphor Festival in Amsterdam was a great success. Read more

Metaphor and argumentation in Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio

The new issue of Rivista Italiana di Filosofia del Linguaggio about metaphor in language and argumentation contains interesting articles from Metaphor Lab advisory board member Elisabetta Gola, theme leader Jean Wagemans and visiting scholar Giulia Frezza.

Read the articles on the RIFL website.

Metamia – a free database of analogy and metaphor

METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything.

Christian Burgers delivers keynote lecture at metaphor symposium in Tarragona

On 12 December 2016, the symposium “The role of metaphor in the construction of conflict in the public sphere” was organized by the Department of Communication Studies of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Spain). One of the keynote lectures was delivered by dr. Christian Burgers of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam, who talked about the role of figurative framing in public debates. The second keynote was delivered by Dr. Marina Dekavalla of the University of Stirling (Scotland), who talked about “Conceptualizing national futures. Frames, metaphors and constitutional change.  At the seminar, final results were presented of the project METAFPERCOM by project members Dr. Arantxa Capdevila, Dr. Marta Montagut, Dr. Jordi Prades, Dr. Jan Gonzalo, and Dr. Carlota Moragas. The symposium ended with a roundtable discussion on the role of metaphor in political communication, moderated by Dr. Bernat López, with contributions by Dr. Christian Burgers, Dr. Marina Dekavalla, Dr. Enric Castelló and Dr. Carlota Moragas.


Christian - Tarragona





Report Metaphor Festival 2016 in Dutch magazine

In this month’s Onze Taal magazine: a report about the Metaphor Festival 2016!

Genootschap Onze Taal (Dutch Society Our Language) is a association for anyone who is interested in language, especially the Dutch language. It is the largest language association in the world with 30.000 members. The association publishes a montlhy magazine Onze Taal in which the interesting aspects of language are reviewed.











Modeling Semantic Similarity between Metaphor Terms of Visual vs. Linguistic Metaphors through Flickr Tag Distributions

Marianna Bolognesi published her study ‘Modeling Semantic Similarity between Metaphor Terms of Visual vs. Linguistic Metaphors through Flickr Tag Distributions‘ in Frontiers in Communication.

As explained in the article, the method hereby used captures primarily relational similarity between concept pairs, that is, between tags that appear in similar tagsets (and therefore in similar pictures).

It is hereby shown that visual and linguistic metaphors behave differently, in that the similarity between two aligned concepts in a visual metaphor, on average, appears to be significantly higher than the similarity between two concepts aligned in a linguistic metaphor.

An additional content analysis shows that the type of semantic information encoded in the related tags (i.e., the contexts on which the contingency matrices of this distributional method are built) differs, in relation to the modality of the metaphor: while situation-related and entity-related features are typically associated with concepts aligned in visual metaphors, introspections, and taxonomic features are typically associated with concepts aligned in linguistic metaphors.

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