‘Metaphors keep cropping up’: Dialogic Features of Metaphor in Exploratory Research Talk

  • Steve Mann
Part of the Communicating in Professions and Organizations book series (PSPOD)


This chapter presents an analysis of dialogic features of a group of teachers’ exploratory talk. Its aim is to provide an illuminative account of two related processes evident in this distinct professional discourse. The first process is at the level of individual understanding, where teachers articulate ideas, thoughts and concepts. The second process is at the level of group understanding, where the nature of the group’s discourse is considered and commented on. This shared understanding develops over time. The chapter argues that both these processes are dialogic and that metaphor plays a key role in each process. Data extracts are provided to demonstrate how metaphor plays this important dialogic role.


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