A typological framework of attention-drawing strategies for Ancient Egyptian metaphorical language

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This contribution proposes a typology of attention-drawing strategies for Ancient Egyptian that is based on qualitative and quantitative analyses of texts from three genres: wisdom literature, letters and narrative. The focus is on the criteria for attention-drawing that may operate in a language like Egyptian, as compared, for example, to English. After outlining the means by which the Egyptian text corpus can be annotated, it is argued that metaphors can be marked at the graphemic level (where categorisation plays a role), the phonemic level (where wordplay can be important), the lexical-semantic level (which considers co-textual features), the syntactic level (where metaphors are signalled), the text-structure level (in which metaphor patterns are significant) and the pragmatic level (where the reader/hearer is involved). Many metaphors in the examples exemplify a number of these markings simultaneously, further emphasising their attention-drawing potential.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDrawing attention to metaphor
Subtitle of host publicationcase studies across time periods, cultures and modalities
EditorsCamilla Di Biase-Dyson, Markus Egg
Place of PublicationAmsterdam ; Philadelphia
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9789027261496
ISBN (Print)9789027205018
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameFigurative Thought and Language
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN (Print)2405-6944


  • metaphor
  • attention-drawing
  • Ancient Egyptian
  • typology
  • semantics
  • conceptual metaphor
  • text structure
  • pragmatics


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