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Title: Time series analysis of discourse : a case study of metaphor in psychotherapy sessions
Authors: Tay, D 
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2017
Source: Discourse studies, 1 Dec. 2017, v. 19, no. 6, p. 694-710
Abstract: Time series analysis (TSA) is a technique to describe the structure and forecast values of a particular variable based on a series of sequential observations. While commonly used in finance and engineering to understand structural changes across time, its applicability to humanistic processes like discourse is less clear. This article demonstrates the feasibility and complementary use of TSA with a case study of metaphor use in psychotherapy sessions. A conceptual sketch of how TSA components (trends, seasons, cycles and irregular fluctuations) relate to discourse components is followed by a step-by-step analysis of two therapist-client dyads. Each dyad is shown to be adequately described by a different model, and the key characteristics of the models are interpreted alongside prior qualitative analysis of the dyads, shedding new light on their structural properties and attendant implications. Limitations of the present analysis and future research directions are briefly discussed.
Keywords: Discourse structure
Metaphor
Psychotherapy
Time series analysis
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Journal: Discourse studies 
ISSN: 1461-4456
EISSN: 1461-7080
DOI: 10.1177/1461445617727187
Rights: This is the accepted version of the publication Tay D. Time series analysis of discourse: A case study of metaphor in psychotherapy sessions. Discourse Studies. 2017;19(6):694-710. doi:10.1177/1461445617727187.
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