Metaphors of migration over time

Taylor, Charlotte (2021) Metaphors of migration over time. Discourse and Society. pp. 1-19. ISSN 0957-9265

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This paper aims to cast light on contemporary migration rhetoric by integrating historical discourse analysis. I focus on continuity and change in conventionalised metaphorical framings of emigration and immigration in the UK-based Times newspaper from 1800 to 2018. The findings show that some metaphors persist throughout the 200-year time period (liquid, object), some are more recent in conventionalised form (animals, invader, weight) while others dropped out of conventionalised use before returning (commodity, guest). Furthermore, we see that the spread of metaphor use goes beyond correlation with migrant naming choices with both emigrants and immigrants occupying similar metaphorical frames historically. However, the analysis also shows that continuity in metaphor use cannot be assumed to correspond to stasis in framing and evaluation as the liquid metaphor is shown to have been more favourable in the past. A dominant frame throughout the period is migrants as an economic resource and the evaluation is determined by the speaker’s perception of control of this resource.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: migration discourses, metaphor, historical discourse, diachronic analysis, corpus-assisted discourse studies, collocation
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
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Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2021 09:16
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2021 12:15

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