<i>Two puzzle pieces</i>

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This study examines metaphorical expressions in American radio news magazines appearing in two linguistic forms: NP <i>is a</i> NP and <i>It&#8217;s like</i> NP. It integrates Blending Theory (Fauconnier &#38; Turner 2002) with a usage-based approach to grammatical constructions (Goldberg 1995, 2006;Tomasello 2003, and Croft 2001) and analyzes the forms within their dynamic discourse context in terms of noun phrase accessibility (Chafe 1980, 1994; Giv&#243;n 1983; Ariel 1988) and grounding (Langacker 1999, Oakley &#38; Coulson 2008). The findings indicate that the functions of the grammatical constructions used in the metaphorical expressions were directly related to the non-metaphorical uses of the constructions and that the analysis of the ongoing discourse was essential to understanding the form-meaning pairings inherent in the expressions.


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