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Re: Difficult language ideas

From:Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 10:22
Den 27. sep. 2006 kl. 11.49 skrev Christopher Bates:

> I don't believe that a language without Metaphor is even possible. > The very basis of language is metaphor, because the world is (from > our point of view, at least, even if not in absolute terms) > infinite in the number of objects that exist and the number of > possible kinds of actions that can take place. All languages have > metaphorical extentions of terms and constructions from their core > meaning on the basis of percieved similarity, otherwise they could > not function. > > If you've written a lot in your conlang, I'd suggest that it's not > the fact that metaphors are not present, but rather that you've > been using your default metaphors from your own culture and > language and not noticed.
I guess you would. But I was not thinking of metaphor in the sense used in modern linguistic theory, rather in the sense used in common speech - words or phrases distinctly separated from their dictionary senses. I do have quite a few words with a wider or narrower sense than the corresponding words in Norwegian or English, for example. But I don't think this is enough in itself. Metaphoric usage is to lift a word or phrase out of its usual perceived meaning or combine a new phrase and give it a meaning that isn't immediately perceived from its constituents. A very popular practice among poets from the earliest times as it appears. So I do need to give it some thought. Very best greetings, LEF