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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.
Corpus linguistics framework based on register and genre as main predictor of variation (Biber 1988) has also contributed to the study of discourse organization (Biber et al. 2007). However, little quantitative research has been done to date in order to explore the relation between metaphor and discourse organization.
In this paper, I will conduct an exploratory work, which aims to study metaphor use across rhetorical structure. This study is based on a Spanish-English comparable pilot corpus (henceforth SPEC) composed of two genres -newsletters (NLs) and research articles (RAs)- on bioenergy discourse. Metaphors have been identified using the Metaphor Identification Procedure Vrije University (MIPVU) (Steen et al. 2010), whereas for the rhetorical structure move analysis...
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