A multifactorial analysis of metaphors in political discourse: Gendered influence in Hong Kong political speeches

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The rising prominence of women in politics has sparked a growing interest in comparing the language of male and female politicians. Many researchers have explored whether gender in politics has had an impact on their metaphor styles. While these studies have been oriented qualitatively and have concentrated on the two-way interaction between metaphor and gender, the possibility that metaphor and gender may interact with other additional factors is largely overlooked. This article adopts a quantitatively oriented approach complemented with textual analysis to explore potential multiple-way interactions between 'metaphor', 'gender', 'speech section' and 'political role' in political discourse. By conducting a case study of metaphor use in Hong Kong political speeches, we found evidence of gendered metaphors and their variability according to politicians' political roles and different rhetorical sections in their speeches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-168
Number of pages28
JournalMetaphor and the Social World
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020


  • Gender
  • Metaphor
  • Multifactorial analysis
  • Political discourse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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