LING 420 - Word and Metaphor
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 315, 316, or equivalent.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In poetic metaphor, words or phrases "jump" from one frame of reference to another. It turns out that the meanings of words and phrases in ordinary language, not just in poetry, can jump or at least slither around creatively. In this course, we look closely at the meaning of word systems in English and other (mostly non-western) languages in an effort to discover how words mean. In addition to the classic anthropological domains (color, kinship, emotions, and natural species), which focus mainly on nouns and adjectives, we will look closely at action verbs, verbs of social transaction, and adverbs. In the end we will have to ask whether dictionaries are possible, and whether translation across very different linguistic cultures is possible.

LING 420 - Word and Metaphor
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001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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