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Metaphors we discriminate by: Naturalised themes in Austrian newspaper artices about asylum seekers

El Refaie, Elisabeth 2001. Metaphors we discriminate by: Naturalised themes in Austrian newspaper artices about asylum seekers. Journal of Sociolinguistics 5 (3) , pp. 352-371. 10.1111/1467-9481.00154

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Abstract

With specific reference to the use of metaphor in Austrian newspaper reports on the arrival of Kurdish asylum seekers in Italy in January 1998, this study suggests ways in which cognitive metaphor theory can be given a stronger socio-political dimension. The dominant metaphors portray the asylum seekers as water, as criminals, or as an invading army. The repeated use of these themes in relatively fixed lexical and syntactic forms and across all the newspapers seems to indicate that they have become accepted as the ‘natural’ way of describing the situation. It will be argued that the ‘naturalization’ of particular metaphors can contribute to a blurring of the boundaries between the literal and the non-literal.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asylum, Austria, metaphor, naturalization, newspapers, racism
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISSN: 1360-6441
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:51
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3632

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