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Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada

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SARDINHA, Tony Berber. Metaphor in corpora: a corpus-driven analysis of Applied Linguistics dissertations. Rev. bras. linguist. apl. [online]. 2007, vol.7, n.1, pp.11-35. ISSN 1984-6398.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S1984-63982007000100002.

This study develops a methodology for finding metaphors in corpora. The procedure is based on the wish that, without a prior list of metaphors, the computer would provide a number of possible metaphor candidates. The methodology works by selecting an initial pool of word types in the corpus, finding shared collocates between pairs of those words and then computing a semantic distance measure for those word pairs which have a requisite number of mutual collocates. Cases which satisfy these criteria were then concordanced and interpreted. This methodology was applied to a corpus of MA dissertations in Applied Linguistics, completed in Brazil. The paper highlights the importance of the use of metaphors by novice Applied Linguistic researchers.

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