The production of time-related metaphors by people who have experienced pregnancy loss

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  • Coventry University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge


In this chapter we focus on the ways in which people who have experienced pregnancy loss use metaphor to describe the experience, with a particular focus on time-related metaphor. The data come from an ESRC-funded study that investigates the ways in which people who have experienced bereavement following pregnancy loss communicate their experiences. We use these data to explore the ways in which the bereaved (and those who support them) use time-related metaphors to talk about their experiences and suggest ways in which such an analysis can be used to provide insight into the experiences of the bereaved. We conclude by discussing the implications of our findings for friends, colleagues and relatives.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProducing Figurative Expression
Subtitle of host publicationTheoretical, experimental and practical perspectives
EditorsJohn Barnden, Andrew Gargett
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameFigurative Thought and Language
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN (Print)2405-6944


  • metaphor, time, emotion, grief, bereavement, pregnancy loss