Example 15 below seems to indicate that diplomacy

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Unformatted text preview: f the props’ (Mapping: Elements of Military Equipment are Theatrical Props) The potential underlying conceptual metaphorical mappings postulated above as well as the elaborations of the Vehicle focus on those aspects of war which make it a spectacular show for those who can safely watch it from a distance. However, in this particular article the whole construction is employed ironically, so that through a clash between the entertaining aspect of the Source Domain and the death-related aspect of the Target, the show becomes a cruel spectacle. The author seems to ridicule the authorities who, in his view, want to hide the real picture of war behind the show. This is made possible by the active involvement of the mass media in the reporting of the event. 2.1.2. Isolated metaphors Metaphoric expressions originating from the lexical field of theatre are also scattered in the other texts, but they do not seem to play any major discursive function, for instance: (7) przedostatni akt wojny ‘the last but one act of war’; nowy akt agresji ‘a new act of aggression’ (8) teatr działań wojennych ‘the theatre of war’ (9) zakulisowe zabiegi ‘efforts behind the scene’, kuluary ‘backstage’ (10) odgrywać rolę ‘to play a role’ The WAR IS A THEATRE conceptual metaphor underlying these expressions is an oblique reference to the Glory of War Myth, so aptly described by Janion (1998) and Wiśniewski (1987) from the literary perspective and by Knightly (1975) from a mass media critique perspective. The unveiled reference to the myth is rather rare. There are only four instances of it in all of the 69 texts analysed. Moreover, only one of them, number (15), does not carry ironic overtones. (11) zatriumfuje brytyjski oręż ‘the British army will triumph’ (12) galanteria ‘gallantry’ A qualitative analysis of war news 115 (13) podreperować nadszarpnięty prestiż i dumę narodową Brytyjczyków ‘to repair the undermined prestige and the national pride of the British’ (14) honorowe rozwiązanie sporu ‘honourable solution of the conflict’ Before we turn to lexical fields more frequently represented in these war reports, we need to discuss the relationship between the concepts of ‘politics’ and ‘war’, as represented in these texts. Example (15) below seems to indicate that diplomacy stands in opposition to war, and that possibly they both form subparts of politics: (15) kontynuowanie wysiłków na rzecz dyplomatycznego rozwiązania konfliktu ‘a continuation of efforts for a diplomatic solution of the conflict’ At the same time, politics and war can too be juxtaposed: (16) sygnały z frontu politycznego i wojskowego świadczą … ‘the signals from the political and military front indicate…’ Example (16)6 is significant also because it shows how terms from the lexical field of war (‘political front’) permeate the discourse on politics, even if the context – a real war, does not seem to require any further dr...
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This essay was uploaded on 02/24/2014 for the course LING 1100 taught by Professor Friedman during the Fall '09 term at Cornell.

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