Conceptual metaphors and framing in Cognitive Linguistics

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Serena Coschignano


conceptual metaphor theory, framing, cognitive linguistics, critical discourse analysis


This paper illustrates the essential aspects of Conceptual Metaphor Theory and framing. In particular, it presents an analysis of every-day linguistic expressions whose metaphorical nature may not be immediately recognizable. Furthermore, it discusses the implications of the use of “war” metaphors for the framing of different domains of experience: discussions, the patient-disease relationship, and the emergency situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Finally, it shows how the theoretical paradigm of Cognitive Linguistics has been applied to the critical analysis of public discourse: this is illustrated with examples of the representation of the migrations in Italian press headlines.


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