A cross-linguistic analysis of the ‘homework’ metaphor in German and English political discourse

  title={A cross-linguistic analysis of the ‘homework’ metaphor in German and English political discourse},
  author={Mario Bisiada},
  journal={Discourse \& Society},
  pages={609 - 628}
  • Mario Bisiada
  • Published 8 October 2018
  • Sociology
  • Discourse & Society
A frequently encountered expression in political discourse across languages is the assertion that someone has not ‘done their homework’. As the expression is a combination of structural metaphor and understatement, it is a figurative frame that simplifies public debates by presenting complex issues such as economic reforms as simple tasks and stifles critical and consensual political debates by replacing questions of fairness and adequacy with unquestionable moral obligation. In spite of this… 
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