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Variation of Metaphor Use across Rhetorical Structure in two Genres: Rafael Zapata Dederle
RAFAEL ZAPATA DEDERLE1
Variation of Metaphor Use across Rhetorical Structure in two Genres
In corpus linguistics, quantitative analysis has only recently entered the field of metaphor research and it is being used to test hypotheses or assumptions made about the relationship between metaphor and language, as noted by Semino and Steen (2008, see Goatly 2011: 341).
Steen et al. (2010: 201) performed a log-linear analysis and chi-square tests on the Vrije University Amsterdam Metaphor Corpus (VUAMC). They report a significant three-way interaction between register, word class and metaphor use in language. Berber Sardinha (2012) performed a Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Variation (MDA) on VUAMC. His results confirm systematic variation in metaphor use across registers, and reveal the presence of two metaphor text types.