Metaphor Shifts in Constructions: the Russian Metaphor Corpus
In the ongoing corpus project we annotate Russian constructions that have a metaphoric potential. Indirect linguistic metaphors are defined according to a customized version of the metaphor identification procedure MIPVU as the contrast between the basic and the contextual meaning of the lemmas participating in a construction. Direct Metaphors are defined as linguistic metaphors whose contextual meaning has two referents simultaneously, or, in terms of conceptual metaphor, there is a cross-domain mapping. Personification is a subtype of Indirect Metaphor where slots that require only animate participants are filled with non-animate arguments. The annotation of metaphor-related constructions is added as a new layer to SynTagRus, the Russian syntactical dependencies treebank. The paper focuses on the procedure of metaphor identification and the types of linguistic metaphors annotated.