Activating metaphors: exploring the embodied nature of metaphorical mapping in political discourse

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In this unit activity, I explore how students can make use of the principles of embodied cognition and meaning, and specifically the embodied nature of metaphor to explore political discourse and communication. Work in cognitive linguistics has highlighted the fact that humans construct a view of reality that is informed by our species-specific capacities and limitations, and our interaction with the social and physical world (Tyler, 2012). In these terms, language itself can be viewed as derived from conceptualizations that are based on physical and sensory images (Holme, 2012). Together these comprise a theory of embodied cognition that can be utilised in an educational context (Giovanelli 2014).

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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Communication Teacher on 22/12/15, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17404622.2015.1102303

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-44
Number of pages6
JournalCommunication Teacher
Volume30
Issue number1
Early online date22 Dec 2015
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StatePublished - 2016

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Communication Teacher on 22/12/15, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17404622.2015.1102303

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