Waves of excitement, waves of metaphor

Anderson, W. (2016) Waves of excitement, waves of metaphor. In: Anderson, W., Bramwell, E. and Hough, C. (eds.) Mapping English Metaphor through Time. Oxford University Press, pp. 115-136. ISBN 9780198744573 (doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744573.003.0008)

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.

Publisher's URL: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/mapping-english-metaphor-through-time-9780198744573?cc=gb&lang=en&#


Abstract emotion concepts, especially happiness and anger, have often been the focus of metaphor analysis, but the data on which this work is founded have typically been subjective and the analysis unsystematic. Using the Mapping Metaphor data, this chapter provides a fuller picture of how speakers and writers of English have drawn on metaphor to lexicalize and arguably also conceptualize excitement. It shows that some of the metaphors surrounding this concept are long-standing and can be traced back to Old English (e.g. æþmian, ‘become excited’), while others have emerged later, tied to developments in scientific understanding (e.g. electrification, voltage, ‘excitement/exciting quality’).

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Anderson, Professor Wendy
Authors: Anderson, W.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:Oxford University Press

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record

Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
547001Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English DictionaryWendy AndersonArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/I02266X/1CRIT - ENGLISH LANGUAGE