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ERIC Number: EJ846268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 85
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
Systematic Metaphor Analysis as a Method of Qualitative Research
Schmitt, Rudolf
Qualitative Report, v10 n2 p358-394 Jun 2005
George Lakoff and Mark Johnson's theory of metaphor (1980, 1999) provides a basis for describing everyday cognitive structures using linguistic models and thus, making it possible to uncover both individual and collective patterns of thought and action. Lakoff and Johnson have not, however, developed a workable system for carrying out qualitative research. This paper outlines the fundamentals of this approach and proposes a procedure for the reconstruction of metaphorical concepts. As is normally the case in qualitative research, such guidelines can only ever represent the interplay between the ability of the researcher to understand the sense of things and the rules of the methodology. An overview of the typical interpretations that a metaphor analysis allows is also given. (Contains 17 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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