The Metaphor Lab Amsterdam is an interuniversity research group based at UvA and VUA investigating how metaphor works in discourse. We distinguish between five themes:
In answering these questions we start out from a framework in which language use enables discourse. For language use, we examine the validity of a three-dimensional model of language use, comprising metaphor in language (or some other code), thought, and communication. For discourse, we examine the validity of a genre-driven model for people’s use of text-in-code-in-context. The way metaphor works in discourse is explained by processes of language use, of discourse, as well as their interaction. It is our aim to produce research that contributes to the description, explanation and application of the configuration of these processes. To this end, we conduct theoretical, methodological, empirical and applied research with a wide range of disciplines, methods, and techniques.
Every year, the Metaphor Lab organizes the Metaphor Festival, a conference on the use of figurative language and other modes of figurative expression.
Bi-weekly research meetings are held on Tuesday mornings from 9 – 11 AM (see calendar on the Metaphor Lab website).
More information about the Metaphor Lab Amsterdam can be found at http://metaphorlab.org. The center is a joint venture of the Network Institute at VU University Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication at the University of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC).