|Department of Communication
Portland State University
Dr. David Ritchie
In my current research, I examine the use and interpretation of figurative language (metaphors, stories, story-metaphors, 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.
I welcome participation in my research by both undergraduate and graduate students, and I have developed a sequence of courses to introduce students to key theories and concepts in this area.
L. David Ritchie (2013). Metaphor. Cambridge University Press.
L. David Ritchie (2006). Context and Connection in Metaphor. Palgrave-Macmillan.
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Recent journal articles and chapters:
Negrea-Busuioc, E. & Ritchie, L. D., (2014). When ‘seeking love is travel by bus’: Deliberate metaphors, stories and humor in a Romanian song. To appear in Metaphor and The Social World.
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, 171–195.
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 (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 theory. Metaphor 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.