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Beger, Anke: The Role of (Deliberate) Metaphor in Communicating Knowledge in Academic Discourse. An Analysis of College Lectures from Different Disciplines. 454 S. - Berlin / Bern / Bruxelles / New York / Oxford / Warszawa / Wien: Lang, 2019.
ISBN: 978-3-631-77998-9
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E-Book (PDF). Berlin / Bern / Bruxelles / New York / Oxford / Warszawa / Wien: Lang. ISBN: 978-3-631-80208-3
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While the relatively recent notion of ‘deliberate’ metaphors – metaphors that supposedly play a special role in communication – is contested among researchers, the debate lacks empirical grounding. This book presents the first large-scale study of forms and functions of deliberate metaphors in authentic spoken academic discourse. The author’s comprehensive qualitative analyses of 23 US-American college lectures from four different disciplines demonstrate that deliberate metaphors occur in various forms and fulfill important communicative functions. While these findings may indicate the value of deliberate metaphors, the author’s critical discussions of both identification and application of deliberate metaphors in authentic discourse also point out issues with the very concept of ‘deliberate’ metaphor.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

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List of Abbreviations S. 15
 
1.   Introduction S. 17
2.   Theoretical Framework: Approaches to Metaphor and its Study S. 25
3.   Language Data and Methodological Considerations S. 69
4.   Social Psychology: The Role of Deliberate Metaphor in Communicating Knowledge across two Different Genres of Academic Discourse S. 129
5.   Deliberate Metaphors Across Three Different Disciplines: Forms and Functions S. 181
6.   Philosophy: Deliberate (?) Metaphors, Recontextualizations, and Mixed Metaphors in Negotiating the Concepts mind and self S. 227
7.   Biology: The Role of Metaphors in Communicating Knowledge about DNA Transcription and Translation in four Molecular Biology Lectures and an Article S. 289
8.   Chemistry: The Role of Metaphors in Communicating Knowledge about Electrochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry in four Lectures S. 343
9.   Summary and Conclusion: The Value of Analyzing Deliberate Metaphors in Knowledge Communication - and some Limitations S. 381
 
Appendix S. 391
List of Figures S. 431
List of Tables S. 433
References S. 437