Metaphor, news discourse and knowledge

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The aim of this study is to analyse the role of metaphor in the dissemination ofspecialised knowledge through the discourse of newspaper articles. A bilingualEnglish and Spanish newspaper corpus of 100 science popularisation articleson cancer (The Guardian and El País) was used to analyse and examine themetaphorical expressions employed to describe cancer aetiology and threepathological cellular processes involved in the disease. Metaphors were identifiedaccording to the Metaphor Identification Procedure (Pragglejaz group,2007). The analysis showed that different source domains are required for therecontextualisation of cancer, with certain source domains being preferred. Theselection of source domains appears to depend on the cancer-related aspect(target) and, to some extent, on the language of the newspaper.


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