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ERIC Number: EJ815096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Metaphor and Metonymy
Coles, Alf
Mathematics Teaching Incorporating Micromath, n208 p34-37 May 2008
Metaphor and metonymy are two ways people make meaning; two ways they perform transformations between thought and language and within both thought and language. In St. Augustine's language these two processes could be pictured as vertical or horizontal movements either from the world of signs to "reality" or within the world of signs itself. In this article, the author shares his experience in teaching mathematics and focuses on understanding/meaning/reality (metaphor) and language/play/transformation (metonymy). Here, he reflects on how Dick Tahta and Caleb Gattegno demonstrated that mathematics teaching could be powerful, playful and relevant. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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