David Ritchie, PhD

Professor
Office phone: 503.725.3550
Email: cgrd@pdx.edu
Webpage: web.pdx.edu/~cgrd/
University Center Building 440
Office: 440B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Degrees

PhD | Stanford University
MS | Stanford University
MUP | University of Oregon
BA | Reed College

Focus Area

Language and Social Interaction

Research Interests

Discourse, conversation
Metaphor
Humor
Story telling in conversations

Courses Taught

Comm 336: Metaphor
Comm 436/536: Communication and Cognition
Comm 440/540: Metaphor, Play, and Humor

Bio

Dr. David Ritchie teaches and conducts research on the use of language in social interaction.  His primary research focus is metaphor use, story-telling, metaphorical stories, and humor in naturally-occurring discourse, with emphasis on urban communities and cultural institutions.  He is the author of three books on metaphor theory, including Metaphorical Stories in Discourse, to be issued by Cambridge University Press in early 2017.  Other recent publications include Ritchie, L. D., & Zhu, M. (2015).  “Nixon stonewalled the investigation”:  Potential contributions of grammatical metaphor to conceptual metaphor theory and analysis.  Metaphor and Symbol, 30, 118-136; Ritchie, L. D., & Thomas, M. (2015).  A “glowing marble”:  “brushed with clouds” or “parched, scorched, and washed away”?  Obama’s use of contrasting metaphors and stories in framing climate change.  Metaphor and the Social World, 5, 1-19; and Negrea-Busuioc, E. & Ritchie, L. D., (2015).  When ‘seeking love is travel by bus’: Deliberate metaphors, stories and humor in a Romanian song.  Metaphor and the Social World, 5, 62-83. Prof. Ritchie teaches: Comm 336: Metaphor, Comm 436/536: Communication and Cognition, Comm 440/540: Metaphor, Play, and Humor.  

 

Books

Ritchie, L. D., Metaphorical Stories in Discourse.  Cambridge University Press, September 2017.

Ritchie, L. D., Metaphor.  Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Ritchie, L. D., Context and Connection in Metaphor.  Basingstoke, UK:  Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, 2006.  

Ritchie, L. D., Communication Concepts 2:  Information.  Beverly Hills, CA:  Sage, 1991. 

 

Publications

 

Ritchie, L. D. (in press). Reclaiming a unified American Narrative: Lexical, grammatical, and story metaphors in a discussion of polarized identities.  Metaphor and the Social World, forthcoming.   

Ritchie, L. D., Feliciano, A., and Sparks, A. (2018).  Rhetorical confinement, contrasting metaphors, and cultural polarities:  “Yes we can” meets “Carnage in the cities.”  Metaphor and the Social World, 8 (2), 248-267.   

Ritchie, L. D. (2017). A note about meta-metaphors:  Considering the theoretical implications of terms used to discuss metaphor.  Metaphor and the Social World, 7, 291–299.   

Ritchie, L. D. and Zhu, M. (2015).  “Nixon stonewalled the investigation”:  Potential contributions of grammatical metaphor to conceptual metaphor theory and analysis.  Metaphor and Symbol, 30, 118-136.

Ritchie, L. D., & Thomas, M. (2015).  A “glowing marble”:  “brushed with clouds” or “parched, scorched, and washed away”?  Obama’s use of contrasting metaphors and stories in framing climate change. Metaphor and the Social World, 5, 1-19.

Ritchie, L. D., & Zhu M., (2015) “Nixon Stonewalled the Investigation”: Potential Contributions of Grammatical Metaphor to Conceptual Metaphor Theory and Analysis, Metaphor and Symbol, 30:2, 118-136, DOI: 10.1080/10926488.2015.1016837

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.

Ritchie, L. D. (2013).  Metaphor, Cambridge University Press.

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.

Recent Work

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