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This extended essay-lexicon celebrates the creative confusion of the world's languages as they interact in overheard "echoic" words, muddled popular etymologies, & the misunderstandings among cultures. This book examines the amazing & amusing "category mistakes" of metaphor. Why are whitecapped waves "white horses" in English, "sheep" in French, & "little goats" in Spanish? What is the connection between birds nests, baskets, & friendship? Eggs & eyes? Focuses on a single location to show how multiple meanings arose from the mixed & immemorial activities of peasant life. Shows ancient patterns of perception & prejudice at work as well as the resourceful power of the mind to reap a rich crop of meaning from a small seedcorn of words.
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This rich, thoughtful book studies the link between word and perception and explains the powerful, sometimes strange and beautiful workings of metaphor in language and culture. The author writes: "This book subscribes to what has been called the 'strong metaphor' theory whereby metaphor, so often treated as the product of 'fancy,' is considered to be at the psychological deep core of perception. ...[M]etaphors not only arise out of perception but are formative of it." To explore this elusive thesis, the book is organized into two roughly equal parts. The first is a collection of 52 short essays in five chapters that weave together many surprisingly colorful linguistic threads involving psychology, etymology, myth, religion, art, and literature. These essays feature a delightful set of examples of metaphorical words and phrases from many languages and cultures. The second part of the book is a selective lexicon (some 150 pages long) illustrating many of the points made in the narrative. This alphabetical list examines in some depth such words as adultery, Black Maria, Cafe coronary, gossamer, pidgin, snow, walnut, and zip-fastener. For larger collections.?Paul D'Alessandro, Portland P.L., Me.
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Book Description Diane Pub Co, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0756790182