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Figuratively speaking. On the use of figurative language in French films.

Research project The project studies French in film conversations. One objective is to analyse the use of figurative language in itself, another is to connect the material to students’ knowledge about and understanding of figurative language.

Some uses of figurative language are established in expressions or metaphors, others are created during conversation. Expressions that are not pre-established are of particular interest here. Word groups with figurative meaning will be identifyed by looking at contradictions, seemingly meeningless utterances and utterances that deviate from the context. The project will expand knowledge about figurative of language in film conversations, about figurative language in general and about students’ understanding of figurative meanings within foreign language learning.

Head of project

Maria Svensson
Associate professor
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Project overview

Project period:

2008-04-01 2011-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Language Studies

Research subject

Modern languages

Project description

(Same as popular version):

Some uses of figurative language are established in expressions or metaphors, others are created during conversation.

Expressions that are not pre-established are of particular interest here. Word groups with figurative meaning will be identifyed by looking at contradictions, seemingly meeningless utterances and utterances that deviate from the context.

The project will expand knowledge about figurative of language in film conversations, about figurative language in general and about students’ understanding of figurative meanings within foreign language learning.