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Metaphor in our Language, Thought and Action - Prof Jean-Pierre van Noppen

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The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 5

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This special research seminar is co-organized by the School of English and the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS). We are pleased to be welcoming Professor Jean-Pierre van Noppen, who is a retired senior professor in English linguistics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Professor van Noppen's research areas include non-literary (pragma)stylistics, theolinguistics and critical discourse analysis. His publications include over a hundred articles and the collective volumes Theolinguistics, Metaphor and Religion, How to Do Things with Metaphor, Grammaire de Référence de l’Anglais, two bibliographies on Metaphor, New Horizons in Stylistics?, Text and Ideology, and, most recently, Transforming Words, a book in critical theolinguistics on early Wesleyan discourse.

Drinks and nibbles will be served from 5:00 pm, and the talk will begin around 5:30. There will be a time for questions after the talk.

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Among the various figures of speech that we may resort to, metaphor has long be misunderstood as a marginal phenomenon, fulfilling little more than an ornamental function. Van Noppen's presentation will seek to take down or nuance the various misrepresentations ("superstitions") and show (with the help of many examples) that metaphor is constantly present (sometimes surprisingly so) in the way(s) in which we perceive and talk about our world, and how it is useful as a means of communication, but can also be used (and even misused) to condition our thought and behaviour.

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