A Spiderweb of Human Trafficking: Dimensions and Perceptions

Paliichuk, Elina (2022) A Spiderweb of Human Trafficking: Dimensions and Perceptions 15th Researching and Applying Metaphor Conference: the Social Impact of Metaphor. p. 130.

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Embracing real-life and virtual dimensions, human trafficking (HT) media coverage extends from victims’ personal survival stories to police and NGOs’ reports. The previous research (Paliichuk, 2011) revealed that HT construal is a system of schemata-based projections shaping spiderweb image. The recent observations show that spiderweb metaphor in media has become more explicit: for instance, the corpus of 26,888 words contains the HT manifestations through web (146), net (111), spider (23), fly (12), crawl (7) and other language units. A new project is undertaken to reconsider the HT construal and verify its perceptions. The research question is whether the spiderweb metaphor verbal actuation contributes to stronger reader’s response to HT media content. The research tasks imply reviewing the source-and-target domains (biological properties of spiderweb and HT offline and online dimensions); analysing relevant corpora; and measuring perceptions of the HT media content based on an authentic article and a manipulated text, where the explicit spiderweb metaphor is replaced with schemata-charged verbal means The paper relies on the CMT and image schema theories (Lakoff and Johnson 2003, Stockwell 2022) and the methods of corpus analysis, conceptual analysis, metaphor analysis, and the experiment. The design includes 60 undergraduates participating in a survey during their learning activities; their perceptions are measured at pre- and post-reading stages and in contrast between two versions of the text. The data are processed with SPSS 26 software based on Descriptive Statistics, Paired Sample Test, Independent Sample Test. At the pre-reading stage, we can report that only 10,7% of the respondents perceive HT as spiderweb and visualise it as something being dark (71,4%), an invisible world (82%), and a trap (10,7%). The findings on the post-reading impressions will clarify whether the deliberate use of spiderweb metaphor can be recommended for enhanced social impacts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: metaphor; spiderweb; human trafficking; education; corpus; empirical
Subjects: Наукові конференції > Міжнародні
Divisions: Факультет романо-германської філології > Кафедра лінгвістики та перекладу
Depositing User: ст. викл. Еліна Олександрівна Палійчук
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2022 04:48
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 04:48
URI: https://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/42862

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