Tag Archives: metaphors

Cell Biology

Just an aside – this is a good little book: Cell Biology, by Aubrey Stimola (Rosen Publishing, New York, 2011, part of the Science Made Simple series). It works many metaphors into the discussion, but they are all common to … 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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play and narrative

Stuart Brown explains: “Play’s process of capturing a pretend narrative and combining it with the reality of one’s experience in a playful setting is, at least in childhood, how we develop our major personal understanding of how the world works. … Continue reading

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Some interesting comments on metaphor

There is a really wonderful article on ‘The Metaphor as a Mediator between semantic and analogic modes of thought’ from 1978, by Brenda Beck (it includes replies, which are also interesting). Some interesting statements/points made by Beck include: “According to … Continue reading

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