A Corpus-Based Analysis of Metaphors in the Judgements of the Supreme Court of Pakistan

Authors

  • Wisal Ahmad National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad
  • Jamil Asghar Jami National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad

Keywords:

metaphor, legal discourse, CMT, corpus analysis, corpus linguistics

Abstract

This paper explores the frequency and types of metaphors in the judgments of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. For this purpose, a specialized corpus, Corpus of Legal Discourse in Pakistan (COLD), was built from the selected judgements of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Subsequently, COLD was analyzed for metaphor identification using a triangulation of techniques including those applied by Charteris-Black (2004), MIP (Metaphor Identification Procedure) by Pragglejaz Group (2007) and MIPVU (a modified version of MIP developed at Vrije Universiteit) by Steen et al. (2010). The method involved both quantitative and qualitative analyses to determine the frequency and types of metaphors in COLD. As a result, it was found that 13.60% of COLD consisted of metaphors, with prepositions making the dominant word class of all metaphorically used words, followed by verbs and nouns. The prominent source domains identified in COLD included ‘physical objects’, ‘space’, ‘humans’ and ‘journeys’, along with several other minor domains. Several of the findings are consistent with previous research on the topic.

Author Biographies

Wisal Ahmad, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad

PhD Scholar, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad

Jamil Asghar Jami, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad

Professor, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad

Published

2023-12-25

How to Cite

1.
Ahmad W, Jami JA. A Corpus-Based Analysis of Metaphors in the Judgements of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Corporum [Internet]. 2023Dec.25 [cited 2024Jun.19];6(2):22-5. Available from: https://journals.au.edu.pk/ojscrc/index.php/crc/article/view/259