The Impact of Conventional and Novel Metaphors in News on Issue Viewpoint

Amber Boeynaems, Christian Burgers, Elly Konijn and Gerard Steen published their article ‘The Impact of Conventional and Novel Metaphors in News on Issue Viewpoint’ in International Journal of Communication.

Metaphors are often used to frame news. Different types of metaphor (conventional, novel) can affect issue viewpoint via different underlying mechanisms (cognitive and affective text perception). We conducted a single-factor (type of expression: conventional metaphor, novel metaphor, nonmetaphorical expression) between-subjects experiment with text perception (cognitive, affective) and issue viewpoint as dependent variables and perceived novelty and perceived aptness of the metaphors as control variables. Type of expression did not affect issue viewpoint. Rather, we found indirect effects of metaphors on both cognitive and affective text perception via perceived novelty and aptness. Perceived novelty positively affected cognitive and affective text perception. However, for cognitive text perception, the positive effect of perceived novelty was countered by a negative effect of perceived aptness. This shows that metaphors work through different mechanisms, evoked by two different types of metaphor perception (perceived novelty, perceived aptness).

Everyday creativity in communication symposium

Thursday 7 September, Marianna Bolognesi and Christian Burgers will be giving a talk at the ‘Everyday creativity in communication’ symposium in Birmingham, organized by Paula Pérez-Sobrino, Jeanette Littlemore and David Houghton. Have a look at the program on the symposium website!

Allison Creed visiting scholar at the Metaphor Lab

Allison Creed visits the Metaphor Lab from June to November 2017. She is the Research Fellow for the Australian Collaboratory of Career, Employability, and Learning for Living (ACCELL) and Lecturer in Education at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She holds a PhD in Education and her field of research is metaphor in communication with a particular interest in inter-cultural and cross-cultural contexts of language use and learning. Her current research and further studies are in the field of Vocational Psychology. Allison has been a regular visitor to the Metaphor Lab over the past years for summer school and conference participation. Read more.

NWO PhDs in the Humanities grant for Pia Sommerauer

Pia Sommerauer (BA in English and American Studies, University of Vienna, planned graduation from MA Linguistics (Human Language Technology), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in August 2017) is awarded a NWO PhDs in the Humanities grant. In September 2017 she will start her PhD project about the relation between word, sense and reference in distributional semantic models in.

The research will be carried out under the daily supervision of prof. dr. P.Th.J.M. Vossen, full professor of Computational Lexicology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and head of the Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL) and the co-supervision of Prof. Dr. G.J. Steen, full professor of Speech Communication, Argumentation and Rhetoric at the Department of Dutch at the University of Amsterdam and head of the Metaphor Lab and founding director of the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam. The research is closely linked to several projects ongoing projects of the CLTL, such as the Spinoza Prize Project Understanding of language by machines (ULM). This combination of experts in computational linguistics and cognitive linguistics provides a unique environment for this project.


NWO VIDI grant for Christian Burgers

Christian Burgers was awarded a prestigious 5-year NWO/VIDI Grant for his project “Contemporary Political Satire: Medium, Language and Impact of Satiric News”. Satiric news is often controversial by challenging current politicians. Burgers and his team will model how, across media, language use in satire is different from ‘regular’ genres like news, and how these differences in media and language use impact the public’s perception of the topic under discussion.

Register now for Metaphor Festival 2017!

The registration for the Metaphor Festival Amsterdam is now open.

To register for the Metaphor Festival ’17 please first transfer the conference fee to our bank account and then fill out this online form.

Hope to see you all in Amsterdam!

NWO Visitor Grant for Giulia Frezza

The Metaphor Lab Amsterdam was awarded an NWO Visitor Grant for Dr. Giulia Frezza from Sapienza University, Rome. Dr. Frezza will spend four months at the lab, from July through November, to work on her research on the role of metaphor and resistance to metaphor in the framework of Risk and Responsibility in Science Communication, with special attention to the metaphor of gene-editing in CRISPR-Cas9.

We are looking forward to welcoming her to the Metaphor Lab again.


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