[Lingtyp] Metaphors linguists live by?

Claire Bowern clairebowern at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 13:16:20 UTC 2018

Jane Hill and Jenny Davis have interesting papers on this for language
documentation and endangerment:

Davis, Jenny L. 2017. Resisting rhetorics of language endangerment:
Reclamation through Indigenous language survivance. Language
Documentation and Description 11.37-58.

Hill, Jane H. 2002. “Expert Rhetorics” in Advocacy for Endangered
Languages: Who Is Listening, and What Do They Hear? Journal of
Linguistic Anthropology 12(2). 119–133.

On Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 9:07 AM Joo Ian <ian.joo at outlook.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I would like to know if there is any work on the metaphors used by linguists.
> For example, generative linguists use dynamic metaphors in their theory, such as "move", "merge", "bind", "command", or "govern".
> On the other hand, cognitive linguists tend to use visual metaphors for their theory, such as "image schema" or "frame".
> Phonologists use metaphors too, such as "lenition/fortition" (as though certain phonemes had "power" over others).
> In fact, the concept of "metaphor" used in the metaphor theory is itself a metaphor, I would argue.
> Are there any previous works that deal with metaphors used in linguistic theories? I would appreciate if anyone would share their experience on such works.
> From Hong Kong,
> Ian Joo
> http://ianjoo.academia.edu
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