Visualising Metaphorical Connections with the Historical Thesaurus - Brian Aitken

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Visualising Metaphorical Connections with the Historical Thesaurus - Brian Aitken

  1. 1. Visualising metaphorical connections with the Historical Thesaurus Brian Aitken, University of Glasgow Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus
  2. 2. Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus Historical Thesaurus • Large - 797,120 meanings • Semantically organised – 236,400 conceptual categories • Historical, including date information for all senses Mapping Metaphor • Empirical investigation of foundations and nature of metaphor over the history of English • Provide a pathway into further research – identifying metaphorical links between domains
  3. 3. Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus Funded by the AHRC – Jan 2012-Dec 2014 PI: Wendy Anderson CIs: Marc Alexander, Carole Hough, Christian Kay RA: Ellen Bramwell PhD student: Rachael Hamilton Website & Visualisations Developer: Brian Aitken Technician: Flora Edmonds Project assistants and student volunteers
  4. 4. Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus Historical Thesaurus of English Level 1 The External World; The Mental World; The Social World Level 2 26 major categories (e.g. Matter, Aesthetics, Leisure) Level 3 354 categories (e.g. Liquid, Beauty, Sport) Levels 4 – 12
  5. 5. www.glasgow.ac.uk/metaphor http://blogs.arts.gla.ac.uk/metaphor/ Twitter: @MappingMetaphor Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus Image from Thomas Wright: An original theory or new hypothesis of the universe. London, 1750. Courtesy of University of Glasgow Library, Special Collections.

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