Framing America

by Jan Van den Berg

Institution: Leiden University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Conceptual Metaphor
Record ID: 1261143
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/32761


This thesis investigates the conceptual metaphors use of four (former) prominent American politicians in representing their worldviews. A review of the research regarding this topic shows that Democrats and Republicans arguably apply different cognitive models to structure their worldview via the use of metaphorical language. In thesis I will illustrate that each politician has his style regarding his metaphorical language-use. Although Democrats and Republicans show dissimilarities in their metaphorical language, the language of both Democrats and Republicans primarily represent the shared worldview of American exceptionalism.