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Title: Please continue to be an anime lover: The use of defamation metaphors in Hong Kong electoral discourse
Authors: Chan, ASL
Yap, FH 
Keywords: Common ground
Conceptual blending
Defamation metaphor
Hong Kong politics
Political discourse
Verbal indirectness strategy
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: North-Holland
Source: Journal of pragmatics, 2015, v. 87, p. 31-53 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of pragmatics 
Abstract: This article explores how metaphors are deployed as a tool by politicians to create a negative political identity for their adversaries. Drawing on five televised debates from the Hong Kong Legislative Council election campaign in 2012, the present study examines the use of defamation metaphors in electoral discourse from a socio-pragmatic and cognitive perspective. Our analysis reveals how defamation metaphors, sometimes with humour embedded, allow politicians to construct (as well as reconstruct) political identities for and with each other, and at the same time touch on sensitive political issues in a less face-threatening way. Our findings not only contribute to the understanding of how metaphors are adopted as a verbal indirectness strategy to yield certain political gains, but also shed light on how politicians establish common ground with the public in the unique and unprecedented political situation of "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong. ? 2015 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 0378-2166
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2015.07.001
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