Metaphor and metonymy as register phenomena

Das Ziel des Projekts A01 ist es, das Zusammenspiel von Metaphern, Metonymie und Register zu untersuchen. Dabei stehen zwei Fragen im Vordergrund: (i) Inwiefern tragen Metaphern und Metonymie dazu bei, bestimmte Register anzuzeigen oder vielleicht sogar zu etablieren? (ii) Wie beeinflusst ein Register die Verwendung von Metaphern und Metonymie und ihre Funktion im Diskurs? Dies wird anhand eines Korpus untersucht, das Texte aus verschiedenen Registern enthält. Die für Register relevanten Merkmale von Metaphern und Metonymie werden in einer multidimensionalen Register-Analyse operationalisiert.





Publications & Presentations



  • Pescuma, Valentina Nicole; Serova, Dina; Lukassek, Julia; Sauermann, Antje; Schäfer, Roland; Adli, Aria; Bildhauer, Felix; Egg, Markus; Hülk, Kristina; Ito, Aine; Jannedy, Stefanie; Kordoni, Valia; Kühnast, Milena; Kutscher, Silvia; Lange, Robert; Lehmann, Nico; Liu, Mingya; Lütke, Beate; Maquate, Katja; Mooshammer, Christine; Mortezapour, Vahid; Müller, Stefan; Norde, Muriel; Pankratz, Elizabeth; Patarroyo, Angela Giovanna; Plesca, Ana-Maria; Ronderos, Camilo R.; Rotter, Stephanie; Sauerland, Uli; Schulte, Britta; Schüppenhauer, Gediminas; Sell, Bianca Maria; Solt, Stephanie; Terada, Megumi; Tsiapou, Dimitra; Verhoeven, Elisabeth; Weirich, Melanie; Wiese, Heike; Zaruba, Kathy; Zeige, Lars Erik; Lüdeling, Anke; Knoeferle, Pia; Schnelle, Gohar  (2023) Situating language register across the ages, languages, modalities, and cultural aspects: Evidence from complementary methods In:  Frontiers in Psychology [DOI] [ViVo]
    In the present review paper by members of the collaborative research center ‘Register: Language Users’ Knowledge of SituationalFunctional Variation’ (CRC 1412), we assess the pervasiveness of register phenomena across different time periods, languages, modalities, and cultures. We define ‘register’ as recurring variation in language use depending on the function of language and on the social situation. Informed by rich data, we aim to better understand and model the knowledge involved in situation- and function-based use of language register. In order to achieve this goal, we are using complementary methods and measures. In the review, we start by clarifying the concept of ‘register’, by reviewing the state of the art, and by setting out our methods and modeling goals. Against this background, we discuss three key challenges, two at the methodological level and one at the theoretical level: 1. To better uncover registers in text and spoken corpora, we propose changes to established analytical approaches. 2. To tease apart between-subject variability from the linguistic variability at issue (intra-individual situation based register variability), we use within-subject designs and the modeling of individuals’ social, language, and educational background. 3. We highlight a gap in cognitive modeling, viz. modeling the mental representations of register (processing), and present our first attempts at filling this gap. We argue that the targeted use of multiple complementary methods and measures supports investigating the pervasiveness of register phenomena and yields comprehensive insights into the cross-methodological robustness of register-related language variability. These comprehensive insights in turn provide a solid foundation for associated cognitive modeling.
  • Koch, Helena; Egg, Markus  (2023) Morphologische Prozesse in Polari und modernem LGBTQ+-Slang auf Twitter – Eine vergleichende Registeranalyse In:  Jahrbuch der Berliner Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft [ViVo]
  • 2022

  • Church, Kenneth; Kordoni, Valia; Marcus, Gary; Ma, Y; Chen, Z; Davis, E.  (2022) A gentle introduction to Deep Nets and opportunities for the future In:  Proceedings of the 60th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Tutorial Abstracts [ViVo]
  • Church, Kenneth; Kordoni, Valia  (2022) Emerging trends: SOTA-chasing In:  Natural Language Engineering [ViVo]
  • 2021

  • Church, Kenneth; Kordoni, Valia  (2021) Emerging trends: Ethics, intimidation, and the Cold War In:  Natural Language Engineering [ViVo]
  • Koch, Helena  (2021) Morphological Processes in Polari and Modern LGBTQ+ Slang on Twitter – A Comparative Register Analysis[ViVo]
    Masterarbeit zur Erlangung des akademischen Grades Master of Education (M. Ed.) im Fach Englisch.
  • 2020

  • Alexiadou, Artemis; Lüdeling, Anke; Adli, Aria; Donhauser, Karin; Dreyer, Malte; Egg, Markus; Feulner, Anna Helene; Gagarina, Natalia; Hock, Wolfgang; Jannedy, Stefanie; Kammerzell, Frank; Knoeferle, Pia; Krause, Thomas; Krifka, Manfred; Kutscher, Silvia; Lütke, Beate; McFadden, Thomas; Meyer, Roland; Mooshammer, Christine; Müller, Stefan; Maquate, Katja; Norde, Muriel; Sauerland, Uli; Szucsich, Luka; Verhoeven, Elisabeth; Waltereit, Richard; Wolfsgruber, Anne; Zeige, Lars Erik  (2020) Register: Language Users’ Knowledge of Situational-Functional Variation In:  REALIS: Register Aspects of Language in Situation [DOI] [ViVo]
    The Collaborative Research Center 1412 “Register: Language Users’ Knowledge of Situational-Functional Variation” (CRC 1412) investigates the role of register in language, focusing in particular on what constitutes a language user’s register knowledge and which situational-functional factors determine a user’s choices. The following paper is an extract from the frame text of the proposal for the CRC 1412, which was submitted to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft in 2019, followed by a successful onsite evaluation that took place in 2019. The CRC 1412 then started its work on January 1, 2020. The theoretical part of the frame text gives an extensive overview of the theoretical and empirical perspectives on register knowledge from the viewpoint of 2019. Due to the high collaborative effort of all PIs involved, the frame text is unique in its scope on register research, encompassing register-relevant aspects from variationist approaches, psycholinguistics, grammatical theory, acquisition theory, historical linguistics, phonology, phonetics, typology, corpus linguistics, and computational linguistics, as well as qualitative and quantitative modeling. Although our positions and hypotheses since its submission have developed further, the frame text is still a vital resource as a compilation of state-of-the-art register research and a documentation of the start of the CRC 1412. The theoretical part without administrative components therefore presents an ideal starter publication to kick off the CRC’s publication series REALIS. For an overview of the projects and more information on the CRC, see https://sfb1412.hu-berlin.de/.
  • Presentations


  • Egg, Markus  (2023) Metaphors as register markers In:  56th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea [ViVo]
  • Egg, Markus  (2023) What metaphors don’t say: register marking via metaphors In:  What words don’t say: Intercultural, cross-cultural and societal aspects of (in)direct communication, Università della Calabria [ViVo]
  • 2022

  • Egg, Markus  (2022) A corpus annotated for metaphor in German In:  DGfS 2022, University of Tübingen [ViVo]
  • Egg, Markus  (2022) Metaphor annotation for German In:  LREC 2022, Marseille [ViVo]
  • Egg, Markus  (2022) Register, genre, style, and all that In:  CRC 1412 – Spring Retreat 2022 [ViVo]
  • Egg, Markus  (2022) Metaphors as register markers In:  Metaphors and stance markers in register variation (MeStaR) [ViVo]
  • 2021

  • Egg, Markus  (2021) Metaphor variation across registers in German In:  Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM) Conference [ViVo]
  • 2020

  • Kibbey, Tyler  (2020) Phenomenological Anachronism and the Enregistrement of the Crusade Metaphor in ISIS Propaganda In:  Kolloquium SFB1412 (2020) [ViVo]
  • Egg, Markus  () Metaphor and metonymy as markers of register variation In:  New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 51 [ViVo]
  • Egg, Markus  () Extended metaphors In:  DGfS 2024 (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) [ViVo]