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dc.contributorDepartment of Englishen_US
dc.creatorHo, Nga Man-
dc.publisherHong Kong Polytechnic University-
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden_US
dc.titleGlobal financial crisis : a corpus-based study on metaphorsen_US
dcterms.abstractThis study is a corpus-based examination of metaphors in the media coverage of the global financial crisis of 2008. It aims to investigate the inter-connectedness of the linguistic, conceptual and communicative functions of metaphor. Based on conceptual metaphor theory, the study compares the different conceptualizations from various source domains. It discusses how metaphors perform different functions in financial news discourse, particularly how metaphors express and describe negative emotions in financial news reports during the financial crisis. The research started with the compilation of a 1-million-word corpus of news articles on the financial crisis. With the use of the software suites Wmatrix tool 2.0 and WordSmith tool 5.0, metaphors directly conceptualizing the emotions of fear, anger and anxiety were identified and classified into various source domains such as ORGANISM and WATER. To further examine how negative emotions are expressed in news discourse, the study also examines the use of target-term absent emotion metaphors that express negative emotions. The study reveals various findings and suggestions related to the linguistic and cognitive dimensions of metaphor. The findings show that target-term present emotion metaphors describe various stages and intensities of negative emotions. On the other hand, target-term absent emotion metaphors are highly hyperbolic and can express negative emotions strongly in news reports. Both types of metaphor complement each other in filling lexical gaps, enhancing the decorativeness, expressiveness, reconceptualization and informativeness of financial news discourse. Various theoretical and lexico-grammatical implications have also arisen from the study. To sum up, this study shows how target-term present and target-term absent emotion metaphors perform different functional roles in the media coverage of the financial crisis. It reveals the systematicity of conceptual metaphors with the source domains, and strengthens the link between the linguistic, conceptual and discursive aspects of metaphor. This may make a significant contribution to metaphor research in discourse.en_US
dcterms.extent326 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.en_US
dcterms.isPartOfPolyU Electronic Thesesen_US
dcterms.educationalLevelAll Doctorateen_US
dcterms.LCSHMetaphor -- Data processing.en_US
dcterms.LCSHMass media and language.en_US
dcterms.LCSHHong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertationsen_US
dcterms.accessRightsopen accessen_US

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