Rocks are human beings: researching the humanizing metaphor in earth science scientific texts

Cuadrado Esclapez, Georgina and Durán Escribano, María del Pilar (2013). Rocks are human beings: researching the humanizing metaphor in earth science scientific texts. "Global Jounal of Human Social Sciences Research", v. 13 (n. 7-B); pp. 55-65. ISSN 0975-587X.

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Title: Rocks are human beings: researching the humanizing metaphor in earth science scientific texts
Author/s:
  • Cuadrado Esclapez, Georgina
  • Durán Escribano, María del Pilar
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Global Jounal of Human Social Sciences Research
Date: 2013
ISSN: 0975-587X
Volume: 13
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Faculty: E.T.S.I. Agrónomos (UPM) [antigua denominación]
Department: Lingüistica Aplicada a la Ciencia y a la Tecnología
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

This paper describes a corpus-based analysis of the humanizing metaphor and supports that constitutive metaphor in science and technology may be highly metaphorical and active. The study, grounded in Lakoff’s Theory of Metaphor and in Langacker’s relational networks, consists of two phases: firstly, Earth Science metaphorical terms were extracted from databases and dictionaries and, then, contextualized by means of the “Wordsmith” tool in a digitalized corpus created to establish their productivity. Secondly, the terms were classified to disclose the main conceptual metaphors underlying them; then, the mappings and the relational networks of the metaphor were described. Results confirm the systematicity and productivity of the metaphor in this field, show evidence that metaphoricity of scientific terms is gradable, and support that Earth Science metaphors are not only created in terms of their concrete salient properties and attributes, but also on abstract human anthropocentric projections.

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Item ID: 33401
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/33401/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:33401
Official URL: http://socialscienceresearch.org/index.php/GJHSS/article/view/866
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 23 Jan 2015 16:00
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2015 13:36
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