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Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada

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SARDINHA, Tony Berber. Metaphor and Corpus Linguistics. Rev. bras. linguist. apl. [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.2, pp.329-360. ISSN 1984-6398.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1984-63982011000200004.

In this paper, I look at four different aspects of metaphor research from a corpus linguistic perspective, namely: (1) the lexicogrammar of metaphors, which refers to the patterning of linguistic metaphor revealed by corpus analysis; (2) metaphor probabilities, which is a facet of metaphor that emerges from frequency-based studies of metaphor; (3) dimensions of metaphor variation, or the search for systematic parameters of variation in metaphor use across different registers; and (4) automated metaphor retrieval, which relates to the development of software to help identify metaphors in corpora. I argue that these four aspects are interrelated, and that advances in one of them can drive changes in the others.

Keywords : corpora; metaphor; metaphor identification; lexicogrammar; probabilities; Multi-Dimensional Analysis; metaphor retrieval software.

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