"Journal of Education Culture and Society" 2015_2


Sports metaphors in Polish written commentaries on politics


Jarosław Wiliński

Faculty of Humanities, Uniwersytet Przyrodniczo-Humanistyczny, ul. Konarskiego 2, Siedlce, Poland
E-mail address: jarwili@poczta.onet.pl




This paper seeks to investigate what sports metaphors are used in Polish written commentaries on politics and what special purpose they serve. In particular, the paper examines structural metaphors that come from the lexicon of popular sports, such as boxing, racing, track and field athletics, sailing, etc. The language data, derived from English Internet websites, has been grouped and discussed according to source domains. Applying George Lakoff and Mark Johnson’s approach to metaphor, the paper attempts to determine both the kind of source domains from which common metaphors are drawn and to what degree structural metaphors are used. The data suggests that many structural metaphors can be found in the language of politics. They are drawn from a wide variety of sports source domains, although the domains of boxing, racing, sailing, and soccer are of particular prominence. It seems that the primary function of structural metaphors in written commentaries is to facilitate the interpretation of facts in a way that is enormously appealing to the reader.


Key words: structural metaphors, source domains, politics, sport


DOI: 10.15503/jecs20152.425.437    pdf full version