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Challenging Boundaries in Linguistics

Systemic Functional Perspectives


Edited By Stella Neumann, Rebekah Wegener, Jennifer Fest, Paula Niemietz and Nicole Hützen

Linguistics, like any discipline, is full of boundaries. However, in nature, as Ruqaiya Hasan points out, there are no clear cut boundaries. The participants of the 42nd International Systemic Functional Congress held at RWTH Aachen University addressed and challenged the notion of boundaries in linguistics in many creative ways. Twenty-one of the papers presented at the congress are collated in this volume. The six sections cover topics that challenge theoretical notions and stances, and explore historical, interpersonal and lexicogrammatical boundaries as well as those between languages and in language development. The volume presents a state of the art overview of systemic functional linguistic theorising with extensions into other theoretical frameworks.

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On the overlap of grammatical metaphor and conceptual metaphor in political discourse: A reconciliatory approach (Timo Lothmann / Tatiana Serbina)


Timo Lothmann, Tatiana Serbina RWTH Aachen University{lothmann|serbina}

On the overlap of grammatical metaphor and conceptual metaphor in political discourse: A reconciliatory approach

Abstract: This corpus-based study features a combined linguistic analysis of grammatical and conceptual metaphor. It is claimed that double metaphor packing contributes to the strategic functions of text. The findings show additional degrees of complexity elicited by metaphor which call for an inclusion of cognitive perspectives into the systemic functional approach.

1 Introduction and scope

Metaphor has a long history of research. In recent decades, grammatical metaphor as well as conceptual metaphor have become major topics of interest. While these approaches to metaphor stem from different, seemingly irreconcilable theoretical frameworks, we aim at showing how these theories can be brought together to provide a combined linguistic analysis of functional properties that are contributed by both types of metaphor, grammatical and conceptual.

Studies within the systemic functional framework have particularly focussed on nominalisation as a common type of ideational grammatical metaphor (cf. e.g. Halliday and Matthiessen 2006; Halliday 2014). In this study, we want to examine nominalisation as it occurs for distinct purposes in political speech. In particular, we investigate those uses where the grammatical category noun realises a Process in addition to its more transparent realisation of a Thing. We include a cognitive view on metaphor in the discussion of examples where the considered nominalisations are at the same time instantiations of conceptual metaphors (cf....

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