EVALUATING THE “DYNAMICS” OF A METAPHOR CLUSTER THROUGH THE RELEVANT DIMENSIONS OF INDIVIDUAL METAPHORICAL EXPRESSIONS

Figar, V. (2019). EVALUATING THE “DYNAMICS” OF A METAPHOR CLUSTER THROUGH THE RELEVANT DIMENSIONS OF INDIVIDUAL METAPHORICAL EXPRESSIONS. Philologia Mediana, Vol. 11, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Nis, Serbia.

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Vladimir Figar

University of Nis, Faculty of Philosophy, English Department

Date Written: December 30, 2019

Abstract

The paper aims to explore the dynamics of a metaphor cluster by assessing the levels of metaphoricity, familiarity, contextual aptness, and importance for text comprehension for each of the individual metaphorical expressions from the cluster. The cluster was comprised of 3 CONFLICT, 3 JOURNEY, and 4 CONTAINMENT metaphors. The research was conducted in two stages which involved (i) a quantitative analysis of a small specialized corpus, and (ii) a questionnaire-based study in which participants rated each of the target items along the four relevant dimensions on 6-point Likert scales. Quantitative corpus analysis showed the highest frequency for JOURNEY, CONTAINMENT, and CONFLICT metaphors, and this tendency was preserved in clusters. One-way repeated measures ANOVA showed significant effects for all four dimensions (p<.0005), while subsequent pairwise comparisons revealed significant differences between all items (p<.05), the only exception being ratings of contextual aptness between JOURNEY and CONFLICT metaphors (p=.381). A multiple linear regression model (metaphoricity, familiarity, importance for comprehension) was used to predict the variance in ratings of contextual aptness. The model was significant for all three groups of metaphors (p<.0005), accounting for 39.5% of variance in contextual aptness for CONFLICT metaphors, 33.7% for JOURNEY metaphors, and 25% for CONTAINMENT metaphors. The obtained results reveal a high degree of dynamics in the analyzed cluster.

Keywords: metaphor cluster, contextual aptness, metaphoricity, familiarity, WordSmith

Suggested Citation

Figar, Vladimir, EVALUATING THE “DYNAMICS” OF A METAPHOR CLUSTER THROUGH THE RELEVANT DIMENSIONS OF INDIVIDUAL METAPHORICAL EXPRESSIONS (December 30, 2019). Figar, V. (2019). EVALUATING THE “DYNAMICS” OF A METAPHOR CLUSTER THROUGH THE RELEVANT DIMENSIONS OF INDIVIDUAL METAPHORICAL EXPRESSIONS. Philologia Mediana, Vol. 11, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Nis, Serbia., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3538136

Vladimir Figar (Contact Author)

University of Nis, Faculty of Philosophy, English Department ( email )

Cirila i Metodija 2
Nis, 18000
Serbia

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