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the visual metaphor of Edward Gorey – an analysis

Examining “the manipulation of visual metaphor in the cartoons of Edward Gorey,” Victor Kennedy once wrote that “Like verbal metaphor, visual metaphor may be analyzed using I. A. Richards’s categories of tenor, vehicle, and ground. Gorey’s fictional world is dark, … Continue reading

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whoosh lines, strokes and metaphors in 20thC illustration

(Some twenty years ago), Kennedy, Green and Vervaeke wrote an interesting article in which they considered the history of whoosh lines and strokes to indicate actions or sensory experiences in comic illustration of the 20th Century. Their interest in this … Continue reading

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metaphorical and metonymical language use in children with ASD

Reviewing the literature on metaphor and metonymy usage/difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sergio Melogno, Maria Antonietta Pinto, Gabriel Levi write: “Linguistic and communicative difficulties in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are frequently the focus of experimental research. In fact, these … Continue reading

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Conceptual Metaphor Theory vs. cognitive narratology

Michael Sinding explains the theories of Conceptual Metaphor Theory and cognitive narratology and how he understands these together. He writes: “I take the notion of the schema as the main type of conceptual structure that links cognitive research on metaphor … Continue reading

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Leadership is like tending a fire

“Leadership is like tending a fire. You unearth the embers and add the fuel to bring them to life and make the fire grow.” ~ Amelia Folaumahina, Principal of Tonga High School Science For Citizenship, p.15 New Zealand Education Gazette … Continue reading

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Personification in Advertising: media literacy

Delbaere, McQuarrie, and Phillips recently argued for the benefits of using personification in advertising. They write that: “This rhetorical device is powerful because it taps into the deeply embedded human cognitive bias referred to as anthropomorphism – the tendency to … Continue reading

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Visual and Verbal metaphors – developmental interactions

I’m still trolling through the research on children’s use of metaphors… a lot of it is notably old (but that doesn’t always rule it out as useful!). A lot of it also seems to focus on comprehension and communication, more … Continue reading

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Slipping backwards and forwards between narrative and metaphor

Introducing The ‘Warring with Words’ Project, Mike Hanne writes the following: “Interlinked though I suggest they are, narrative and metaphor frame our political thinking in somewhat different ways. Narrative is an interpretive device, which directs our attention to events (past, … Continue reading

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Metaphor and imagination structure human understanding

“…human bodily movement, manipulation of objects, and perceptual interactions involve recurring patterns without which our experience would be chaotic and incomprehensible. I call these patterns “image schemata,” because they function primarily as abstract images. They are gestalt structures, consisting of … Continue reading

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Human embodiment is key to human cognition

“any adequate account of meaning and rationality must give a central place to embodied and imaginative structures of understanding by which we grasp the world.” ~ Mark Johnson (p.xiii The Body in the Mind) “Without imagination, nothing in the world … Continue reading

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