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The adaptation of metaphors across genres

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2011
<mark>Journal</mark>Review of Cognitive Linguistics
Issue number1
Volume9
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)130-152
<mark>State</mark>Published
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

In this paper I consider the ways in which a metaphor that was first introduced in an article on pain mechanisms published in Science has been adapted and developed in a selection of texts that can be broadly described as `educational': a neuroscience website aimed at children, a self-help guide for chronic pain sufferers, and a book aimed at medical professionals. In the course of the discussion I point out both the advantages and potential disadvantages of these developments. As such, this paper aims to make a contribution to a growing body of research on metaphor in actual contexts of use, and particularly on variation in the use of metaphor across genres that are aimed at different audiences.

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This is a pre-peer review version of an article which has been published in the journal, Review of Cognitive Linguistics, 9 (2), 2011. © 2011 John Benjamins the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use the material in any form.