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Abstract Submission Deadline 01 November 2022
Manuscript Submission Deadline 01 March 2023

Metaphor has been studied as a linguistic, conceptual, and communicative phenomenon in a wide range of disciplines, including linguistics, literary studies, philosophy, education, political science, media studies, communication science, psychology, and neurosciences. While the Cognitive Theory of Metaphor has dominated the field since the “cognitive turn” in the 1980s, alternatives have been proposed, including the Neural Theory of Metaphor, the Relevance Theory Approach, the Complex Systems Approach, and the Dynamic Systems Approach. Though studies are still often text-based, there is a growing body of research on visual metaphor, multimodal metaphor, and gestural metaphor, as well as experimental research ranging from studies on metaphor processing and comprehension to studies in NLP and machine learning. Metaphor Studies is thus a highly interdisciplinary field that encompasses a myriad of theories, approaches, and methods. In current metaphor research, each of these strands is facing new challenges and offering new venues of cutting-edge research using state-of-the-art technologies.

Researchers tend to focus on their own research areas and provide in-depth views within the scope of their own disciplines. Metaphor Studies do not seem to escape this phenomenon, in spite of the large number of disciplines they draw on, ranging from linguistics to psychology to the theory of science. Hence, there seem to be little cooperation and communication across different fields, methods, and approaches, having metaphors and figurative language as their main object of investigation. This Research Topic aims to promote cross-fertilization among the many research areas involved in Metaphor Studies, thus bringing together different methods and perspectives, and offering a comprehensive overview of the possible research scenarios.

We encourage manuscript submissions that address various fields of research in metaphor studies from a theoretical, methodological, and/or from an experimental point of view. We aim to cover a wide range of research including, but not limited to, the following topics:
• Metaphor in Relevance theory
• Conceptual metaphor theory
• Deliberate metaphor theory
• Metaphorical cognition
• Metaphor and abstract conceptualization
• Embodied metaphors
• Metaphor in discourse
• Metaphor variation
• Methods of research in metaphor studies
• Metaphor in gesture studies
• Cognitive and/or neural models of metaphor processing
• Metaphor in first and/or second language
• Metaphor in translation
• Metaphor in language acquisition
• Metaphor in Sociolinguistics
• Metaphor in Neurolinguistics/Neuroscience
• Metaphor in typical cognitive ageing, minor and major neurocognitive disorders and other neurodegenerative conditions

We welcome contributions from linguistics, philosophy, social sciences, translation, psycholinguistics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psychopathology. Original Research articles, Brief Research Report, Case Report, Empirical Study articles are welcome as well as Conceptual Analysis, Perspective, Hypothesis & Theory, Review, Systematic Review, General Commentary and Opinion articles.

Keywords: Metaphor, figurative language, metaphorical thought, abstract conceptualization, embodied metaphors, metaphor in discourse, metaphor variation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Metaphor has been studied as a linguistic, conceptual, and communicative phenomenon in a wide range of disciplines, including linguistics, literary studies, philosophy, education, political science, media studies, communication science, psychology, and neurosciences. While the Cognitive Theory of Metaphor has dominated the field since the “cognitive turn” in the 1980s, alternatives have been proposed, including the Neural Theory of Metaphor, the Relevance Theory Approach, the Complex Systems Approach, and the Dynamic Systems Approach. Though studies are still often text-based, there is a growing body of research on visual metaphor, multimodal metaphor, and gestural metaphor, as well as experimental research ranging from studies on metaphor processing and comprehension to studies in NLP and machine learning. Metaphor Studies is thus a highly interdisciplinary field that encompasses a myriad of theories, approaches, and methods. In current metaphor research, each of these strands is facing new challenges and offering new venues of cutting-edge research using state-of-the-art technologies.

Researchers tend to focus on their own research areas and provide in-depth views within the scope of their own disciplines. Metaphor Studies do not seem to escape this phenomenon, in spite of the large number of disciplines they draw on, ranging from linguistics to psychology to the theory of science. Hence, there seem to be little cooperation and communication across different fields, methods, and approaches, having metaphors and figurative language as their main object of investigation. This Research Topic aims to promote cross-fertilization among the many research areas involved in Metaphor Studies, thus bringing together different methods and perspectives, and offering a comprehensive overview of the possible research scenarios.

We encourage manuscript submissions that address various fields of research in metaphor studies from a theoretical, methodological, and/or from an experimental point of view. We aim to cover a wide range of research including, but not limited to, the following topics:
• Metaphor in Relevance theory
• Conceptual metaphor theory
• Deliberate metaphor theory
• Metaphorical cognition
• Metaphor and abstract conceptualization
• Embodied metaphors
• Metaphor in discourse
• Metaphor variation
• Methods of research in metaphor studies
• Metaphor in gesture studies
• Cognitive and/or neural models of metaphor processing
• Metaphor in first and/or second language
• Metaphor in translation
• Metaphor in language acquisition
• Metaphor in Sociolinguistics
• Metaphor in Neurolinguistics/Neuroscience
• Metaphor in typical cognitive ageing, minor and major neurocognitive disorders and other neurodegenerative conditions

We welcome contributions from linguistics, philosophy, social sciences, translation, psycholinguistics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psychopathology. Original Research articles, Brief Research Report, Case Report, Empirical Study articles are welcome as well as Conceptual Analysis, Perspective, Hypothesis & Theory, Review, Systematic Review, General Commentary and Opinion articles.

Keywords: Metaphor, figurative language, metaphorical thought, abstract conceptualization, embodied metaphors, metaphor in discourse, metaphor variation


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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