Edited By Małgorzata Fabiszak, Karolina Krawczak and Katarzyna Rokoszewska
Degrees of Metaphoricity: A Dynamic View on Fear Metaphors
Adopting Müller’s dynamic view of metaphor and the concept of sleeping and waking metaphors (Müller 2008), this paper performs a study of fear metaphors in discourse. It aims at analyzing metaphoricity as a gradable property, which may or may not be activated in specific contexts of language use. The research material consists of mono- and multimodal manifestations of the conceptual metaphor FEAR IS A HOSTILE ENTITY, where the entity takes the form of a wild animal, monster or enemy, and a few realizations of the CONTAINMENT schema. The notion of multimodality is defined within Forceville’s theory of multimodal metaphor (2006, 2009, 2012). The analytical part of the paper concentrates on the discussion of ‘metaphoricity indicators’ (Müller 2008) which surround a given metaphor and determine its level of metaphoric activation in particular discourse contexts.
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