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The adaptation of metaphors across genres

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Abstract:

In this paper I consider the ways in which a metaphor that was first introduced in an article on pain mechanisms published in Science has been adapted and developed in a selection of texts that can be broadly described as ‘educational’: a neuroscience website aimed at children, a self-help guide for chronic pain sufferers, and a book aimed at medical professionals. In the course of the discussion I point out both the advantages and potential disadvantages of these developments. As such, this paper aims to make a contribution to a growing body of research on metaphor in actual contexts of use, and particularly on variation in the use of metaphor across genres that are aimed at different audiences.

Keywords: education; genre; metaphor; pain; science

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/rcl.9.1.07sem

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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  • Published under the auspices of the Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Association

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