Register variation and metaphor use

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One of the consistent findings in the literature from a corpus-based perspectiveis that the incidence of metaphor varies across different registers. The goal ofthis chapter is to verify to what extent the variation in metaphor use is systematicin English, from a Multi-Dimensional perspective. The VU UniversityAnnotated Metaphor Corpus was used, comprising over 200,000 words in fourregisters. In total, 250 different features were included in the study. The mainresults show which dimensions underlie metaphor use in English, how metaphorrelates to the dimensions of variation in English, how much variation canbe accounted for by knowing register distinctions, and which are the metaphorbasedtext types in English.


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