Author: Shepard, Christopher Lee
Title: Metaphoric use and construed meaning in political discourse : the third U.S. presidential debate as a case study
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2013
Subject: Metaphor -- Political aspects.
Communication in politics.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Department of English
Pages: iv, 38 pages : illustrations
Language: English
Abstract: Metaphoric language has become an important factor in political discourse. In recent years, the relationship between metaphoric language and political discourse has been the subject of much debate and extensive study. Metaphors are frequently used in political discourse to construe meaning and shape perceptions of reality. The case study presented in this paper is an analysis of the metaphoric language used by current U.S. President Barack Obama and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney in the 2012 Third Presidential Debate. The research examines conceptual and ideological representations made by each of the candidates by their use of metaphoric language during political debate. The author contends that the function of the metaphoric language by the two candidates is used to convey subjective ideas which correspond to each of the candidate's moral values and political beliefs. The study also indicates that metaphors are used to convey meanings that connect with the audience on an emotional level. The author concludes that although the two candidates frequently use metaphoric language throughout the debate, there are notable differences in terms of approach, purpose and style.
Rights: All rights reserved
Access: restricted access

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