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Metaphors of travel in the language of hymns: 1650–1800

Shaver, Joel A. (2011) Metaphors of travel in the language of hymns: 1650–1800. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This dissertation concentrates on the role of the conceptual metaphor LIFE IS A JOURNEY in English hymns of the 17th and 18th centuries, addressing the following research questions: 1) To what extent and in which contexts have elements of the lexical category of travel, applied metaphorically, been used in English spiritual language and literature in the period 1650–1800? 2) How has metaphorical extension affected the semantic development of this category? This dissertation discusses the use of travel metaphors as structural schemata for complete hymns, and analyzes the use of individual elements of travel-related terminology across a historical textual corpus. The analyses in this dissertation are undertaken in light of recent trends in semantics, and with the aim of contributing to the development of Cognitive Metaphor Theory as a tool for historical linguistic analysis and literary criticism.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: metaphor, travel, hymns, linguistics, semantics, cognitive, eighteenth-century, historical, poetry, Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, John Newton, William Cowper
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language
Supervisor's Name: Smith, Prof. Jeremy J. and Hough, Prof. Carole A.
Date of Award: 2011
Depositing User: Joel A. Shaver
Unique ID: glathesis:2011-2381
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2011
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:54
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/2381

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