Monomodal and multimodal instantiations of conceptual metaphors of Brexit

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This article offers a linguistic analysis of the conceptual metaphors of Brexit, in which the source and the target belong to the same semiotic mode or to different ones. It is shown that the variation of high-level cognitive models underpinning metaphoric images of Brexit reflects the author’s stance towards the event. Phases of Brexit are associated with different image-schematic cognitive models, and this impinges on the range of those metaphors of Brexit that involve low-level concepts.

List of abbreviationsCMT –

Conceptual Metaphor Theory

EU –

European Union

G8 –

Group of Eight

G20 –

Group of Twenty


International Monetary Fund


North Atlantic Treaty Organization


Oxford English dictionary

UN –

United Nations

UK –

United Kingdom


United Kingdom Independence Party


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