Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
PIRA download icon_1.1View/Download Full Text
Title: Metaphors of movement in psychotherapy talk
Authors: Tay, D 
Issue Date: Feb-2018
Source: Journal of pragmatics, Feb. 2018, v. 125, p. 1-12
Abstract: Metaphors of physical movement perform both substantive and organizational functions as they can represent things and construct cohesive links in discourse. This paper examines movement metaphors in psychotherapy talk, a context where both functions are equally salient. Categorical data and discourse analytic methods were used to investigate (i) types of target topics and metaphorical movement, (ii) relationships between topics, types of movement, and speaker, and (iii) how the substantive and organizational functions interact in proximity. There was no three-way interaction but all bivariate associations between topics, movement types, and speaker were significant. Key findings include (i) clients were more likely to use movement metaphors to discuss issues while therapists more likely to discuss therapeutic concepts and construct reference links; (ii) forward movement occurred less frequently than expected as a source for issues while backward movement more frequently than expected as a source for reference links; (iii) therapist metaphors were more likely to depict directions of movement associated with progress, while client metaphors were associated with stagnation, regression, or uncertainty. Clinical implications and directions for future research are highlighted.
Keywords: Discourse functions
Movement metaphors
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Journal of pragmatics 
ISSN: 0378-2166
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2017.12.009
Rights: © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
© 2017. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
The following publication Tay, D. (2018). Metaphors of movement in psychotherapy talk. Journal of Pragmatics, 125, 1-12 is available at
Appears in Collections:Journal/Magazine Article

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Tay_Metaphors_Movement_Psychotherapy.pdfPre-Published version910.4 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
Open Access Information
Status open access
File Version Final Accepted Manuscript
View full-text via PolyU eLinks SFX Query
Show full item record

Page views

Last Week
Last month
Citations as of Sep 17, 2023


Citations as of Sep 17, 2023


Citations as of Sep 21, 2023


Last Week
Last month
Citations as of Sep 21, 2023

Google ScholarTM



Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.