Metaphor and language development

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Metaphor and language development

  1. 1. Metaphor and Language Development London, June 23, 2006 Eric van Loon / Michiel Wilhelm
  2. 2. Outline What is metaphor What are the qualities of the use of metaphor The use of metaphor in a group process Metaphorical example: The Matrix (1999)
  3. 3. The essence of metaphor is understanding and experiencing one kind of thing in terms of another (Lakoff & Johnson, 1980)
  4. 4. Conceptual metaphor theory Metaphors are about concepts of meaning, and about communicating these concepts Our entire conceptual system is determined by metaphors Metaphors shape our perceptions and influence out attitude and behaviour Metaphors are “a way of thinking and a way of seeing” (Morgan, 1986)
  5. 5. Qualities connected to the use of metaphors Decontextualization Multi-perspective tool Incorporate emotions in communication Metaphor as vehicle to transfer thoughts
  6. 6. Criticism Something figurative cannot be used in a scientific investigation Propensity to turn abstract into an object
  7. 7. Metaphors in a social context Sharing of mental thoughts during play around images and metaphors Generation of new jargon Sharing of emotions in a natural way Developing a shared mental model Facilitates a better understanding of subject under discussion
  8. 8. Workshops Focus on upcoming organizational changes Look for applicable images in stack of photos Image to became a metaphor for the organization, the proposed change and impact
  9. 9. Observations A metaphor makes people talk in one language, emergence of new jargon Participants show open and integer attitude Impact of organizational hierarchy
  10. 10. Further research Empirical research on impact of metaphors in an organizational context Specific value of metaphors as a language generating facilitator
  11. 11. Thank you for your attention

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