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Metaphors of possession in the conceptualisation of language

Seargeant, Philip (2009). Metaphors of possession in the conceptualisation of language. Language and Communication, 29(4) pp. 383–393.

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This article analyses the use of metaphors of possession in the conceptualisation of language. The article takes as an example for analysis the theoretical terminology used to describe linguistic borrowing within the context of language contact. It focuses in particular on Einar Haugen’s [Haugen, E., 1950. The analysis of linguistic borrowing. Language 26 (2), 210–231] seminal essay on this topic in which much of the terminology used in the analysis of borrowing is first systematically propounded. Drawing upon this example, the article explores the structure of the conceptual metaphor Language Is A Possession, and examines its theoretical implications and its consequences for social practice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Elsevier
ISSN: 0271-5309
Keywords: Language conceptualisation; Conceptual metaphor theory; Metonymy; Linguistic borrowing; Loanwords; Einar Haugen
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
Item ID: 15371
Depositing User: Philip Seargeant
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2009 10:47
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 16:15
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