Language in Metaphors

James W. Underhill

in Creating Worldviews

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748643158
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651566 | DOI:
Language in Metaphors

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This chapter presents a case study that turns the methodology of the case studies in Chapter 7 and 8 on its head: rather than studying the metaphors found in language, it considers the metaphors used to construct our concept of ‘language’. Metaphoric models used to conceptualise French and English are compared and contrasted within particular socio-historical situations. The study then considers the ways in which lyrical ecological metaphoric paradigms are being used to defend the concept of linguistic diversity in recent scholarship in French and in English.

Keywords: concept of language; French; English; metaphoric models

Chapter.  24008 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Linguistics

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