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Metaphors of parliamentary budget debates in times of crisis

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The aim of this paper is to explore the metaphoric imprint the global financial crisis has left on the discourse of parliamentary budget debates, which are at the intersection of political and economic discourse, as well as the imprint the MPs have tried to leave on the electorate by carefully selecting metaphors to hide agency, disclaim responsibility and project themselves as saviours. We focus both on conceptual and linguistic metaphors, trying, simultaneously, to account for how the metaphors are developed in the debate. The corpus comprises two budget debates held at the time the financial crisis was in full swing (conducted in the Parliament of Montenegro and the UK House of Commons). The recurrent conceptual metaphors related to the economic crisis were analysed for the two parts of the corpus respectively – the results were compared and similarities were observed in terms of the metaphors used and the discourse strategies behind their selection.
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Keywords: conceptual metaphor; disclaiming responsibility; economic crisis; hiding agency; linguistic metaphor; parliamentary debate

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 31, 2017

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