Welcome to the website of the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM).

RaAM is an open community of researchers of metaphor, metonymy, and other forms of figurative expression. RaAM is interdisciplinary, welcomes a broad range of research methods, and focuses on application to real-world contexts.

EC 2020 elections: results

Posted by RaAM on July 9th, 2021 at 17:15

At the 14th RaAM conference, which took place virtually, the Newsletter Editor position (2 years) on the RaAM Executive Committee (EC) was up for election.

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David O’Reilly wins Early Career Prize

Posted by RaAM on June 25th, 2021 at 13:24

With his article “Eliciting and measuring L2 metaphoric competence: Three decades on from Low (1988)” published in Applied Linguistics and co-authored by Emma Marsden, David O’Reilly wins the RaAM Early Career Prize. The jury was comprised of Justina Urbonaite, Ray Gibbs, and Jeannette Littlemore​.

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Agenda AGM16

Posted by RaAM on June 23rd, 2021 at 12:35

The agenda for the 16th Annual General Meeting of RaAM, held during the RaAM conference, is now available on our website. Draft minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting can be consulted here. We hope to see many of you at 14:00 (Vilnius) on Friday 25th June 2021 via Zoom.

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Newsletter June 2021

Posted by RaAM on June 18th, 2021 at 12:27

RaAM’s newsletter no. 28 is out! It includes a message from the Chair, information about the upcoming RaAM conference in Vilnius, an update on RaAM’s code of conduct, a brand new “Metaphor Column”, and much more! The newsletter is freely available from our website here:

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