ERIC Number: ED357653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Language as Fluid: A Description of the Conduit Metaphor in Japanese.
Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, v18 p75-90 1993
The question of how 'communication' is metaphorized in Japanese is examined and this metaphorization is contrasted with Reddy's (1979) conduit metaphor. A claim is made that there is a strong tendency for Japanese to conceptualize 'word' as 'fluid' and to fuse 'word' and 'meaning.' English, which unlike Japanese, has overt count/mass and singular/plural distinctions, provides indirect support for the claim. It is suggested that one way to revitalize the conduit metaphor is to see how other languages metaphorize 'word' and 'communication,' which will hopefully reveal in what respects Reddy's conduit metaphor is universal and in what respects it is language specific. (Contains 6 references.) (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Note: For the serial issue in which this paper appears, see FL 021 304.