Authoritarian discourse: metaphoric interpretations

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


2015, Vol. 1. №1(1)

Authoritarian discourse: metaphoric interpretations

Author: Daria E. Ertner

About the author:

Daria E. Ertner, Cand. Sci. (Philol.), Associate Professor, Department of English Philology and Translation Studies, University of Tyumen; eLibrary AuthorID,


The article regards the concept forming metaphoric features in political discourse, aiming at revealing the constituent peculiarities of Russian authoritarianism. Thus, metaphorical mapping is considered to be one of the fundamental principles of structuring the political landscape in Russia under the circumstances of modern linguocultural, social and political stereotypes’ transformation. The principles of metaphorical concept «authoritarianism» being present in the Russian political discourse reconstruct specific «context of various visions» of the speaker and his addressee. Dialog schemes in the political landscape are revealed by appealing to the low language register and vernacular forms. Appealing to the technical terminology as the source domain of metaphoric mapping in the field of Russian authoritarian discourse determines the formation of metaphorical model «Politics is the mechanism». Some metaphoric fragmentation of political discourse in Russia contributed to the situation, when the conceptual framework of this model is not homogeneous.


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