Topics


Definitions of metaphor; Literal vs. metaphorical meaning; Metaphor and metonymy; Nonlinguistic realizations of conceptual metaphors; The scope of metaphor; Metaphor, politics, & ideology; Metaphor in literature; Metaphor in education; Metaphor in music.

 

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Objectives


  1. to identify metaphors in a sample sentence or text;
  2. to gain a grasp of the basic terminology in the domain to figurative language;
  3. to discuss how debates about metaphor are key to contemporary debates in domains such as politics and economics;
  4. to analyse metaphors and evaluate their functions in different contexts.

 

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Organisation


The course will comprise lectures, seminars and class activities. 

 

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Assessment


100% coursework consisting of:

  • Individual Essay (60 %)
  • Group Project – oral presentation and written report (30 %)
  • Participation in class activities: (10 %)

 

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Texts


There is no textbook, but the primary reading is Z. Kövecses (2010). Metaphor: a practical introduction. Oxford: OUP Press. This is available as an e-book through the library.
Additional reading will be provided at the beginning of the course.

 

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Last updated: 2 January 2015