Constructing issues in the media through metaphoric frame networks

Dekavalla, Marina and Montagut, Marta (2018) Constructing issues in the media through metaphoric frame networks. Discourse, Context & Media, 26. pp. 74-81. ISSN 2211-6958

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This article draws on metaphor and framing theory to build on our understanding of how metaphor works to frame issues. It suggests that metaphors not only may operate as frames in themselves, but they can also combine in hierarchies of metaphoric frames which together co-construct superordinate metaphoric or non-metaphoric frames. Using insights from theory on mixed metaphor, metaphor hierarchies and scenarios, the article introduces the new concept “metaphoric frame networks” to explain interconnections and relationships between frames and metaphors within the same texts, which could at first appear to be unrelated. The article proposes a set of criteria by which a metaphoric frame network can be defined and distinguished from simpler frames. The argument of the article is then illustrated through an empirical analysis of the process frame in television coverage of the 2015 Catalan regional election.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1001 Social psychology > HM1176 Social influence. Social pressure > HM1181 Attitude > HM1206 Communication. Mass media
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: Marina Dekavalla
Date Deposited: 04 May 2018 15:29
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 12:01

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