Food, Sex and Drugs

Helle Castella Thomsen, Karl Emil Hillbrandt, Jannick Emil Hessel Franck & Louise Kjær Svendsen

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This paper seeks to analyse the indicators of metaphorical conceptualisation in food reviews from New York eateries, from a cognitive linguistic perspective. Furthermore, the difference between professional and nonprofessional reviews, actualised through the use of reviews and reviews from the New York Times. The paper’s approach to this analysis is based on the theory and methodology used within the scientific field of cognitive linguistics, specifically the works of Mischler, as well as Lakoff and Johnson. Their terms have been used to properly structure our analysis. The study has uncovered several patterns within the language use in these reviews. Food and its taste is most frequently described through notions of addiction, sex and sin, but it is also described through the notions of surprise and heaven, albeit less frequently. Furthermore, professional reviews have many more occurrences of metaphorical indicators compared to nonprofessional reviews. Most of the conceptual metaphors concerning food are culturally based, especially in terms of a Western understanding of the world.

UddannelserEngelsk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato14 dec. 2016
Antal sider34
VejledereEbbe Klitgård


  • Food
  • Sex
  • Drugs
  • Cognitive linguistisc
  • Metaphor
  • Yelp