seeking talk/tree homonymy
gil at EVA.MPG.DE
Fri Sep 16 21:03:45 UTC 2005
In Hebrew, "siaH" [H stands for the unvoiced pharyngeal fricative] means
both 'conversation' and 'bush'.
I am wondering whether there are any other unrelated languages which
have a similar pattern of homonymy relating, on the one hand,
'conversation' / 'argument' / 'talk', and on the other hand 'bush'/
'tree' / 'plant'.
The reason I'm asking is as follows. In Malay/Indonesian there is a
family of metaphorical expressions whose gist is to describe
conversations or arguments in terms of trees. I am curious to find out
how general these kinds of metaphors are, and whether they might also be
manifest in patterns of homonomy such as the above Hebrew example.
(Though my current best guess is still that the Hebrew homonymy is
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