Dr. Ritchie with lemur
Department of Communication
Portland State University

Dr. David Ritchie
Office:  University Center Building 440B
Phone: 725-3550
  I am not a "fearless" researcher



Comm 300

Comm 511

Curriculum Vitae


Annapurna Circuit, March 2010
(and other travels)
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Other Sites: 

Communication Dept

Metaphor Analysis
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Communication Associations:
International Communication Association
     National Communication Association

Last updated Aug. 24, 2017

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Portland State University
Maintained by: cgrd@pdx.edu

e-mail cgrd@pdx.edu
Research program
In my current research, I examine the use and interpretation of figurative language (metaphors, stories, metaphorical stories, and humor) as a way of understanding how people in urban communities talk about issues both within and between groups, and how meaning and social structure are co-created in talk. 

Publications: Books

L. David Ritchie (2017).  Metaphorical Stories in Discourse.  Cambridge University Press.

L. David Ritchie (2013).  Metaphor.  Cambridge University Press

L. David Ritchie (2006).  Context and Connection in Metaphor. Palgrave-Macmillan.

Table of Contents    Preface

Recent journal articles and chapters:

Ritchie, L. D..  Contextual activation of story simulation in metaphor comprehension.  In B. Hampe, Ed., Metaphor: Embodied Cognition and Discourse.  Under contract with Cambridge University Press, expected publication 2017. 

Ritchie, L. D..  Metaphors, stories, and media framing of crime.  In M. Hanne, Ed., Proceedings of the Stanford Symposium on Narrative and Metaphor in Law, under contract with Cambridge University Press, expected publication 2017. 

Ritchie, L. D..  Chapter 23 Metaphor and story-telling.  To appear in Elena Semino, Ed., Routledge Handbook of Metaphor and Language.  London/ New York: Routledge, in press, expected publication late 2016. 

Ritchie, L. D. A note about meta-metaphors:  Considering the theoretical implications of terms used to discuss metaphor.  Metaphor and the Social World, forthcoming.  

 Ritchie, L. D., & Thomas, M. (2015).  A “glowing marble”:  brushed with clouds” or “parched, scorched, and washed away”?  Obama’s use of contrasting metaphors and stories in framing climate change.  Metaphor and the Social World, 5, 1-19.

Ritchie, L. D, and Zhu, M. (2015).  “Nixon stonewalled the investigation”:  Potential contributions of grammatical metaphor to conceptual metaphor theory and analysis.  Metaphor and Symbol, 30, 118-136.

Negrea-Busuioc, E
. & Ritchie, L. D., (2014).  When ‘seeking love is travel by bus’: Deliberate metaphors, stories and humor in a Romanian song.  Metaphor and the Social World, 5, 62-83.

Ritchie, L. D., & Negrea-Busuioc, E. (2014). Now everyone knows I’m a serial killer.  Spontaneous Intentionality in Conversational Metaphor and Story-telling.  Metaphor and the Social World 4, 174–198.

Ritchie, L. D., & Cameron, L. (2014).  Open hearts or smoke and mirrors:  Metaphorical framing and frame conflicts in a public meeting.  Metaphor and Symbol, 29, 204-223.

Coleman, C.-L., & Ritchie, L. D. (2011). Examining metaphors in bio-political discourse.  Lodz Papers in Pragmatics 7, 29-59.

L. David Ritchie (2011). Why the block is the block:  Reinforcing community through casual conversation.  Metaphor and the Social World, 2, 240-61

L. David Ritchie (2011). “Justice is blind”:  A model for analyzing metaphor transformations and narratives in actual discourse.  Metaphor and the Social World, 1, 70-89.

L. David Ritchie (2011). “You’re lying to Jesus!”  Humor and play in a discussion about homelessness.  Humor 24, 481–511.

L. David Ritchie (2010).  "Everybody goes down":  Metaphors, Stories, and Simulations in Conversations. Metaphor and Symbol, 25, 123-143.

L. David Ritchie (2010).  Between mind and language:  A journey worth taking.  Pp. 57-76 in Lynne Cameron and Robert Maslen, Eds., Metaphor analysis:  Research practice in applied linguistics, social sciences and the humanities.  London, UK:  Equinox, .

L. David Ritchie (2009).  Relevance and Simulation in Metaphor.  (2009)  Metaphor and Symbol, 24, 249-262

L. David Ritchie (2009).  Distributed Cognition and Play in the Quest for the Double Helix.  Pp. 289-323 in Hanna Pishwa, Ed., Language and social cognition.  Berlin:  Mouton de Gruyter.

L. David Ritchie and Char Schell (2009). “The ivory tower” on an “unstable foundation”:  Playful Language, Humor, and Metaphor in the Negotiation of Scientists’ Identities. Metaphor and Symbol, 24, 90 - 104.

Cynthia-Lou Coleman, L. David Ritchie, and Heather Hartley (2008).. Dispensing information or dispensing propaganda?  Frames and metaphors in news coverage of prescription drug advertising.  Journal of Health and Mass Communication, 1, 108-127.

L. David Ritchie and Valrie Dyhouse. (2008).   FINE AS FROG’S HAIR:  Three Models for the Development of Meaning in Figurative Language.  Metaphor and Symbol, 23, 85-107.

L. David Ritchie (2008).  X IS A JOURNEY:  Embodied simulation in metaphor interpretation.  Metaphor and Symbol, 23, 174-199.

L. David Ritchie (2008).  Gateshead revisited:  Perceptual simulators and fields of meaning in the analysis of metaphors. Metaphor and Symbol, 23, 24-49. 

L. David Ritchie (2005).  Frame-Shifting in Humor and Irony. Metaphor and Symbol, 20, 275-294.

L. David Ritchie (2004).  Lost in space: metaphors in conceptual integration theoryMetaphor and Symbol, 19, 31-50.

L. David Ritchie (2004).   Metaphors in Conversational Context:  Toward a Connectivity Theory of Metaphor Interpretation. Metaphor and Symbol, 19, 265-287.

L. David Ritchie (2003).  Statistical Probability as a Metaphor for Epistemological Probability.   Metaphor and Symbol,18, 1-11.

L. David Ritchie (2003).  Categories and Similarities:  A Note on Circularity. Metaphor and Symbol, 18, 49-53.

L. David Ritchie (2003).   Argument is War – Or is it a Game of Chess?  Multiple Meanings in the Analysis of Implicit Metaphors. Metaphor and Symbol, 18, 125-146.