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Scenario Negotiation in Online Debates about the European Union

Analysing Metaphor in Communication


Stefanie Vogelbacher

For decades, the focus of Metaphor Studies laid on Conceptual Metaphor and its role in the human conceptual system. This study, however, focuses on metaphor in communication. Its aim is to shed light on how commenters in online debates discuss EU-related topics via Scenario Negotiation, expressing and negotiating their points of view via Metaphorical Scenarios. The study offers a review of current metaphor theory and practical approaches and proposes an Integrated Model of Scenario Negotiation. The results are based on context-sensitive, qualitative analysis of data which stem from a corpus of online debates from the Guardian’s Comment is free section. The discussion illustrates the genre-specific conceptual-communicative functions of Scenario Negotiation in naturally occurring discourse.

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Tab. 1: The grammar vs. usage perspectives

Tab. 2: Research areas in the map of the field (Steen 2007)

Tab. 3: Approaches to metaphor and their objects of research (Steen 2007)

Tab. 4: A taxonomy of metaphor (Steen 2011c)

Tab. 5: Methodology in the three-dimensional framework

Tab. 6: Criteria for the identification of deliberate metaphor (Krennmayr 2011: 154)

Tab. 7: An overview of contemporary discourse-analytical approaches to metaphor

Tab. 8: Places for online debating: Internet forum, comment section and social media

Tab. 9: My Europe Corpus of Online Debating

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