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Multimodal Semiotics of Representing God and the Self: a Cognitive Linguistic View of Metaphors and Gestures in Religious Discourse

Evola, Vito (2008) Multimodal Semiotics of Representing God and the Self: a Cognitive Linguistic View of Metaphors and Gestures in Religious Discourse. [Conference Poster]

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Abstract

I will explore some of my conclusions concerning conceptual metaphors collected during a series of interviews, in particular with two Christian street preachers. The data includes speech, gesture, and commented drawings of God, themselves and paradise. Some of the metaphors analyzed are: metaphors for God (FATHER, SHEPHERD, LOVER, etc); GOOD/GOD IS UP; BAD IS DOWN; STRICT FATHER vs. NURTURING PARENT; MORAL ACCOUNTABILITY. This data demonstrates that the more entrenched a frame of mind is, the less plastic it is, because the primary source domain of our habitual conceptual metaphor will always motivate any other “laminated domain mappings”, or blends, especially for such meaningful concepts like personhood or belief systems. My investigation will try to shed new light on the phenomenology of religious experiences and personhood, using cognitive linguistics as a prime tool of analysis.

Item Type:Conference Poster
Keywords:metaphor, religion, God, paradise, speech, gesture, drawings, multimodality, semiotics, cognitive linguistics, phenomenology
Subjects:Philosophy > Metaphysics
Psychology > Psycholinguistics
Psychology > Behavioral Analysis
Psychology > Applied Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Linguistics > Semantics
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Psychology > Perceptual Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
ID Code:6110
Deposited By:Evola, Vito
Deposited On:27 Jun 2008 02:43
Last Modified:27 Jun 2008 02:43

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