Title

When bank stocks are hobbled by worries : a metaphor study of emotions in the financial news reports

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Text & Talk: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies

Publication Date

5-1-2016

Volume

36

Issue

3

First Page

295

Last Page

317

Publisher

De Gruyter Mouton

Keywords

negative emotion, financial crisis, news discourse, corpus linguistics, metaphor

Abstract

This study is a corpus-based examination of metaphors in the media coverage of the global financial crisis of 2008. Based on conceptual metaphor theory, it discusses how and why metaphors of living thing were used in the news reports, with a particular focus on the two negative emotions of fear and anxiety. The research started with the compilation of a 1-million-word corpus of news articles. With the use of the software suites Wmatrix 2.0 and WordSmith 5.0, metaphors directly conceptualizing the emotions of fear and anxiety were identified. The findings showed that these metaphors described various stages and intensities of negative emotions, and that they were tailored to increase the negative feelings of the readers, which in turn increased the news value of the articles for the newspaper. Various theoretical and lexicogrammatical implications have also arisen from the study.

DOI

10.1515/text-2016-0014

Print ISSN

18607330

E-ISSN

18607349

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Recommended Citation

Ho, J. (2016). When bank stocks are hobbled by worries: A metaphor study of emotions in the financial news reports. Text & Talk, 36(3), 295-317. doi: 10.1515/text-2016-0014