The value of deliberate metaphor

Topic and scope This research investigates the difference between deliberate and non-deliberate metaphors. It will first establish a theoretical framework for deliberate metaphor and will develop a method for its identification. It will subsequently examine the functions and distribution of deliberate metaphor in spoken and written English discourse. Experimental research will investigate how deliberate metaphors are recognized and processed by language users.
Duration 2011-2016
Research question How do the structures, functions and processing of deliberate and non-deliberate metaphor differ?
Method Corpus analysis, experiments
Status PhD dissertation in progress
Researcher and supervisors Researcher: Gudrun Reijnierse
Supervisors: Christian Burgers, Tina Krennmayr, Gerard Steen
Funding NWO (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research):
Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen (PhDs in the Humanities)