Metaphors of anti-Americanism in a corpus of UK, US and Italian newspapers

Charlotte Taylor

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In this paper a cross-cultural corpus-assisted approach is employed to analyse the role of metaphor in the construal of anti-Americanism in newspaper discourse from three different countries: the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy, over the period 1999-2007. Within the corpus, four dominant conceptual metaphors of anti-Americanism – as disease, flammable, sea and crime – are identified. These metaphors are described and compared with reference to their lexical and grammatical realizations in the 12 sub-corpora. Other targets of these metaphors, within the same discourse contexts, are also sampled and analysed in order to explore the evaluative function that the metaphors serve in illustrating the newspapers’ framing of anti-Americanism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-152
Number of pages16
JournalESP Across Cultures
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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