Skip Links | Access/General | Site Map
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Lancaster University
You are here: Home >

Linguistics Circle talk by Elena Semino

Date: 20 February 2014 Time: 6.00 pm

Venue: Furness LT 1

The next Linguistic Circle talk will be given by Prof. Elena Semino from LAEL about "Metaphor in Health Communication".

The talk will take place on Thursday 20th February at 6pm in Furness LT 1. Please, see the abstract for more information.


Metaphor has been shown to be a very important tool in communication and thought: we talk, and potentially think, about our lives as journeys, our minds as machines, inanimate entities as people, our experience of time as movement in space, and so on. Different metaphors 'frame' a topic or aspect of our experience in different ways: it can make a big difference, for example, for cancer sufferers to see their illness metaphorically as a battle or as a journey. In this talk, I begin by reflecting on the 'framing' power of metaphor. I then discuss the use of metaphor in health communication, drawing particularly from the findings of the ESRC-funded project 'Metaphor in End-of-Life Care' at Lancaster ( I consider the 'violence' metaphors used by cancer patients (e.g. chemotherapy as a 'sledgehammer'), and discuss their implications both for metaphor theory and for practice in healthcare.

There is a dedicated Facebook Group for the Linguistic Circle

Link to the event on Facebook:


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Elena Semino

Organising departments and research centres: Linguistics and English Language


Search FASS

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
| Home | Departments | People | Study Here | Research | Business and Enterprise | News and Events |
- FASS Intranet -

Save this page: Delicious Reddit Reddit Facebook Stumble It Stumble It!

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YD
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1524 510814
Fax: +44 (0) 1524 510857

E-mail: Email address protected by JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript to contact us.

Copyright & Disclaimer | Privacy and Cookies Notice

Save contact details

Save contact details