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Research Publications in journals:
How patent can patents be? Exploring the impact of figurative language on the engineering patents genre.
Year:2011

Research Areas
  • Humanities,
  • Philology,
  • Linguistics,
  • Languages for business,
  • Modern languages

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Abstract
This paper examines the import of figurative language (specifically of conceptual and grammatical metaphors) in the discourse of engineering patents, a genre hardly researched for stylistic and pedagogical purposes and traditionally regarded as highly impersonal. To that end, a corpus of over 300 US electro-mechanical patents has been analysed with the aid of a concordancing tool and applying a threefold convergent framework that gathers the metafunctions of Systemic Functional Linguistics (Halliday, 1978, 1985), the Applied Linguistic Approach to Metaphor (Low, 2008) and the Metadiscursive Approach (Hyland, 2000, 2005). Findings reveal a complex network of metaphorical schemata, most non-deliberate, which constitute a tripartite choice dependent on the legal culture, the discipline and, to a lesser extent, on the authorial voice. It also binds patent writers into a community of practice (Wenger, 1998) sharing a phraseological repertoire basically acquired by imitation and whose creative and confident use requires explicit instruction.
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JCR
No
Title
Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics
ISBN
1877-9751
Impact factor JCR
Impact info
Volume
9
Journal number
1
From page
179
To page
197
Month
SIN MES
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  • Creador: Departamento: Lingüistica Aplicada a la ciencia y a la Tecnología