The paper focuses on the role of metaphors in the Italian ADR communication after taking into consideration some recent Anglo-American studies on the use and usefulness of conceptual metaphors in alternative dispute resolutions from a linguistic or communicative standpoint (Haynes 1999; Smith 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009; Chmielecki 2013; Ebbesson 1988, 2008). The work shows the different functions of metaphors in specialized contexts such as the legal one, which represents the main specialization field of Italian mediators and outlines the cultural and sub-cultural variations of metaphors in different environments, highlighting how the cultural background of participants can determine the use of specific metaphors in the Italian mediation process. The final part of the paper deals with the three most common metaphors structuring the concept of dispute and the linguistic strategies that a well-trained mediator can use to improve the dialogue between the parties in order to positively influence the outcome of a conciliation procedure such as the ADR.
Lingua originaleItalian
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteDIALOGO E MODELLI DI MEDIAZIONE
Numero di pagine15
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2016

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