Metaphor in specialist discourse

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The present chapter attempts to draw together some of the main ideas that havebeen developed in the volume. It focuses on the ways in which metaphor usehas been found to vary across the different types of specialist discourse, andrelates this to: disciplines, intended audience, positioning on the scientificpopularcontinuum, mode of delivery (written, spoken, textual or multimodal),immediacy of the communication, and relationship between interlocutors. Thechapter relates these findings to current issues and controversies in the metaphorliterature, discusses the need for more informant data, and suggests waysin which the impact of metaphor on its intended audiences might be studied. Inall of these areas, proposals for further study are made.


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