The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 18 November 2015 from 4:00-6:00pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “The Creative Use of Metaphor and Metonymy in Language Learning and Intercultural Communication” and will be delivered by Professor Jeannette Littlemore from the University of Birmingham. The seminar will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. All welcome!
Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Studies of figurative language (particularly metaphor) have shown that it performs key functions, such as: the signalling of evaluation; agenda management; mitigation and humour; reference to shared knowledge; and topic change. An ability to use metaphor appropriately can thus contribute to a language learner’s communicative competence. In this talk I focus on the use of creative metaphor and metonymy by language learners and those who communicate with them, looking at the challenges it presents and the opportunities that it affords. I then move on to look at the creative use of metaphor and metonymy in advertising and in computer-generated tweets, and report on findings from two studies investigating how creative metaphor and metonymy are understood and appreciated by people with different linguistic backgrounds.