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Emotion Metaphor in Popular Music: Differences in the use of metaphors for love, anger, sadness and happiness in popular music in the past and the present
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Examined here is the possible difference in use of metaphors for emotions in lyrics of music popular in 1964 compared to music popular in 2014. Questions regard frequency of occurrence of emotion metaphors including love, anger, sadness and happiness and the range and variation in source concepts for the four emotion target concepts respectively. The data set consists of the lyrics of the 50 most popular songs of the years 1964 and 2014, respectively. The lyrics were scanned and instances of emotion metaphor were categorized. This study shows that the frequency of occurrence of emotion metaphor was higher in the 2014 data set compared to that of 1964. Out of the four emotions in consideration, LOVE was the target concept shown to have the widest range of source concepts. Furthermore, the research indicates a change in what source concepts are used when regarding the target concepts HAPPINESS and SADNESS.

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2015.
Keyword [en]
conceptual metaphor, target concept, source concept, song lyrics, change over time
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-104810OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-104810DiVA: diva2:821144
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Engelska, examensarbete för kandidatexamen
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Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-14 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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