A Comparative Study of Conceptual Metaphors in English and Kurdish Political Media Discourse

Authors

  • Naushirwan Rahim Mahmood English Department, College of Language and Education, Charmo University, Sulaimaniya, Iraq
  • Ibrahim Mohammad Ali Murad English Department, College of Language and Education, Charmo University, Sulaimaniya, Iraq

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25098/7.2.24

Keywords:

conceptual metaphors, corpus, political discourse, political media discourse, cognitive linguistics

Abstract

Metaphor research dates back to antiquity. It has always been the focus of attention of many theories. The most distinctive of those theories is Conceptual Metaphor Theory (CMT). It has been widely accepted and made a breakthrough in metaphor research. It strongly challenged the belief that metaphor is related only to poetics and is mastered only by gifted language users. It posits that metaphor is a conceptual phenomenon in the first place and metaphoric language is one of its manifestations. It postulates that metaphor is a cognitive mechanism through which abstract concepts are understood in terms of more concrete concepts. During the past four decades, it has been adopted in countless cross-linguistic and discourse studies. The present study aims to survey politics-related conceptual metaphors in English and Kurdish political media discourse and draw a comparison between them. Methodologically, to elicit the data required for this study, the researchers have compiled a corpus derived from a number of English and Kurdish opinion articles published in digital media outlets. The study adopts MIPVU (Metaphor Identification Procedure VU University Amsterdam) to identify the linguistic metaphors in the corpus. What have been drawn from the results of this paper indicate that a considerable number of conceptual metaphors do occur in English and Kurdish political media discourse, the two languages show both similarities and differences in metaphorical conceptualization of politics-related concepts, and that Kurdish political media discourse incorporates a higher number of conceptual metaphors than English.

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Published

2023-10-28

How to Cite

Rahim Mahmood, N. ., & Mohammad Ali Murad, I. . (2023). A Comparative Study of Conceptual Metaphors in English and Kurdish Political Media Discourse. The Scientific Journal of Cihan University– Sulaimaniya, 7(2), 131-160. https://doi.org/10.25098/7.2.24

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