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Emotional Implications of Metaphor: Consequences of Metaphor Framing for Mindset about Cancer

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Emotional Implications of Metaphor : Consequences of Metaphor Framing for Mindset about Cancer. / Hendricks, Rose K.; Demjén, Zsófia; Semino, Elena; Boroditsky, Lera.

In: Metaphor and Symbol, Vol. 33, No. 4, 11.02.2019, p. 267-279.

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Hendricks, RK, Demjén, Z, Semino, E & Boroditsky, L 2019, 'Emotional Implications of Metaphor: Consequences of Metaphor Framing for Mindset about Cancer', Metaphor and Symbol, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 267-279. https://doi.org/10.1080/10926488.2018.1549835

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Hendricks, Rose K. ; Demjén, Zsófia ; Semino, Elena ; Boroditsky, Lera. / Emotional Implications of Metaphor : Consequences of Metaphor Framing for Mindset about Cancer. In: Metaphor and Symbol. 2019 ; Vol. 33, No. 4. pp. 267-279.

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