Fear in Stock Market Crash: A Corpus-based Metaphoric Study
This article discussed Fear in Stock Market Crash: A Corpus-based Metaphoric Study, was done by Janet Ho, and was published in City University of Hong Kong (2009).
In 2008, there was a dramatic shift in stock market, as well as massive staff cuts in the banking and investment sectors worldwide. Some journalists claimed that they tried to tone down the emotion in their news reports.
One of the ways to express emotional attitudes is the use of a metaphor that is a ubiquitous phenomenon which is grounded in our thought, and allows us to understand various abstract concepts unconsciously in everyday life.
This paper focuses on how the metaphors relating to two lexical emotion words ‘fear’ and ‘panic’ show their different degrees of fear, and how the disaster metaphors reinforce the expression of fear. It is anticipated that the metaphorical analysis would provide more explanations for the two lexical words of emotion beyond their literal.
The Objectives of this article are to investigate the use of metaphorical expressions associated with the emotion of fear in the financial news discourse and to discuss how the disaster metaphors reinforce the expression of fear.
Data collected can be viewed as qualitative data. Author collected data from the news reports on global financial market crisis in three American broadsheet newspapers including USA Today, The New York Times and The Washington Post which contains 694,270 words. The investigation of fear metaphors had two stages including lexical words of emotion were selected for the investigation of frequencies and semantic preferences and studying the non-literal citations.
Findings and Recommendations
The findings of this article have shown that fear and panic are negative human emotions. The frequencies of occurrence reveal that the most important metaphorical concept is FORCE and the most predominant source...