Universiteit Leiden

nl en


Cognitive Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis

  • Christopher Hart (Lancaster University)
Thursday 7 March 2019
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden


Theories of Cognitive Linguistics are now frequently employed as analytical apparatus in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) where they shed light on the discursive construction of ideology and the legitimation of social action (Hart 2014). Much of this work has been focused on the persuasive power of metaphor. In this session, I introduce, through a number of specific case studies, some of the broader ways in which Cognitive Linguistics can contribute to CDA. This includes applications of conceptual approaches to grammar (Langacker 2008; Talmy 2000) to discourses of political protest and discourses of migration. As part of the session, we will further consider recent experimental evidence for the ideological influence of textual/conceptual structures. We will also reflect on the relationship between language and image in multimodal cognition and in multimodal texts.

Suggested readings

Hart, C. (2018). ‘Riots Engulfed the City’: An Experimental Study Investigating the Legitimating Effects of Fire Metaphors in Discourses of Disorder. Discourse & Society 29 (3): 279-298.

Hart, C. (2018). Event-frames affect blame assignment and perception of aggression: An experimental case study in CDA. Applied Linguistics 39 (3): 400-421.

Hart, C. (2017). Metaphor and Intertextuality in Media Framings of the (1984-85) British Miners’ Strike: A Multimodal Analysis. Discourse & Communication 11 (1): 3-30.

Hart, C. (2016). The visual basis of linguistic meaning and its implications for CDS: Integrating cognitive linguistic and multimodal methods. Discourse & Society 27 (3): 335-350.

Hart, C. (2015). Viewpoint in linguistic discourse: Space and evaluation in news reports of political protests. Critical Discourse Studies 12 (3):238-260.

This website uses cookies.  More information.