Analyzing Metaphor in Discourse Workshop


Event endorsed by


Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor


Prof. Gerard Steen

Metaphor Lab Amsterdam

Professor of Language and Communication, University of Amsterdam


Dr. Kristina S. Despot (Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics)

Dr. Mateusz-Milan Stanojević (University of Zagreb)

The Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics and the Croatian Science Foundation in collaboration with RaAM will host a 4-day training workshop on Analyzing Metaphor in Discourse.

The workshop will take place at the University of Zagreb, from January 4 till January 7 2017.

In this workshop, the participants will learn how to analyze metaphor in discourse by moving from language use to genre events. The focus of the workshop will be on three issues in language use which will then be located in an encompassing framework for genre events:

  • Metaphor identification in language: MIPVU (Wednesday 4 January 2017)
  • Metaphor identification in thought: The five step method (Thursday 5 January 2017)
  • Metaphor identification in communication: DMIP (Friday 6 January 2017)
  • Analyzing metaphor in discourse: The effects of genre (Saturday 7 January 2017)

The workshop offers a combination of three explicit procedures for metaphor analysis (MIPVU, 5 step method, and DMIP) that are coherent, theoretically motivated, and empirically reliable and valid. This yields a dataset that requires interpretation and explanation from the perspective of genres of discourse.

The workshop will proceed on the basis of interactive discussion with precise hands on analyses of a range of data, including conversations, news, academic texts, and fiction.

The language of analysis and instruction is English.

At the end of the workshop, participants will have an appreciation of the theoretical, methodological, empirical and practical issues involved in metaphor analysis in discourse.

Important dates:

Application Deadline:

Monday 24 October 2016.

Notification of Acceptance:

Monday 7 November 2016.

Workshop dates:

January 4–7 2017.

The workshop is limited to 30 participants.

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so make sure you apply as early as possible to ensure participation.

Registration fee:

Student rate: 70 Euro

Non-student rate: 90 Euro

Dinner (optional): 30 Euro

The registration fee includes: lectures, coffee breaks and lunch for each training day.

For additional information about the workshop and the application procedure go to:

Questions about this workshop should be sent to one of the organizers: Kristina Despot ( or Mateusz-Milan Stanojević ( Questions related to practical matters should be sent to one of the workshop secretaries: Ivana Brač ( or Ivan Pandžić (

Looking forward to welcoming you in Zagreb!

Kristina Despot and Mateusz-Milan Stanojević