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Mapping English Metaphor Through Time$
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Wendy Anderson, Ellen Bramwell, and Carole Hough

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744573.001.0001

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Waves of excitement, waves of metaphor

Waves of excitement, waves of metaphor

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Mapping English Metaphor Through Time

Wendy Anderson

Oxford University Press

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’).

Keywords:   conceptualization, emotion, excitement, lexicalization, Mapping Metaphor, metaphor

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