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ERIC Number: EJ811183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 39
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1542-7587
Using Critical Metaphor Analysis to Extract Parents' Cultural Models of How Their Children Learn to Read
Bialostok, Steve
Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, v5 n2 p109-147 Apr 2008
This research presents an empirical study on metaphor based on numerous interviews with parents of young children. Contemporary metaphor theory is complemented by a well-articulated place for culture and the role metaphor plays in cultural understanding. I demonstrate that 1) parents understand learning to read as the acquisition of reading skills; 2) different parents repeatedly use the same metaphors when describing these reading skills; 3) because parents have a folk or common-sense understanding of learning to read, the metaphors help organize their reasoning; 4) the metaphors also index sociocultural information at the level of the communicative event, specifically aspects of morality; 5) the hegemonic structure of this morality is evoked through indirect indexicality and is therefore registered and reproduced below the speaker's threshold of awareness. (Contains 2 tables and 11 footnotes.)
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Language: English
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