Amsterdam, Netherlands

Finding Metaphors: The Pragglejaz Experience

when 18 July 2022 - 22 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 550

Metaphors are all around us - a tsunami of corona cases, fighting Covid-19, beating the virus. But how can we reliably and systematically collect them for further study? A systematic, step-by-step protocol developed at Vrije Universiteit, the 'MIPVU' procedure, can assist you in doing exactly that. The course is oriented towards research skills and focuses on the theoretical motivation and practical application of MIPVU. The course will guide you through each step of the MIPVU metaphor identification procedure. Through hands-on activities using a range of texts such as news reports or speech transcripts, you will learn how to solve problems you may encounter as you go through each of the procedure’s steps. You will also learn how to best organize data coding in collaboration with others, as laid out by the Pragglejaz Group. You will be equipped with the skills you will need for building your own dataset. You will also get to know practical tools (software) to assist in analyzing your data.

Course leader

Tina Krennmayr

Target group

MA students, PhD students, and Post-docs from linguistics, communication studies and related fields. Motivated BA students about to start their final year are also welcome.

Course aim

By the end of this course students will be confident in:

- Understanding the theoretical motivation of MIPVU
- Understanding each step of the procedure
- Applying the procedure to a range of texts from different registers
- Knowing how to solve problematic cases
- Gaining confidence in applying the procedure
- Knowing of and being able to use tools to support metaphor analysis
- Formulating ideas about how to apply the methods and tools in their own research projects
- Developing research skills

Credits info

2 EC
25 contact hours

Fee info

EUR 550: Tuition fee one-week course

VU Students/PhD candidates and employees of VU Amsterdam* or an Aurora Network Partner €375
Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam €500
Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam €550
Professionals €650

Early Bird offer
Applications received before 15 March (CET 23:59) receive €50 Early Bird discount!


VU Amsterdam Summer School offers two kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship and the Photographer Scholarship. More information can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.