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Metaphors may be 1,300 years old say University of Glasgow researchers | History Extra

Metaphors may be 1,300 years old say University of Glasgow researchers | History Extra | Metaphorical Thought | Scoop.it
A team from the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow has traced the history of metaphors in the English language to create the first ever Metaphor Map.  After analysing over the course of three years around four million pieces of data, researchers have been able to group the metaphors on the map into 415 categ
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About the Mapping Metaphor project | Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus

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Language, Metaphor & Reality - YouTube

The relationship of language to the world has been central to philosophy for at least a century. But what is the role of metaphor? Is it simply an adornment ...
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The Power of Mental Pictures

The Power of Mental Pictures | Metaphorical Thought | Scoop.it
‘Framing’ may have fallen out of favor in Washington, but the field that birthed it—metaphor studies—is going strong.
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A history of metaphors for the internet

A history of metaphors for the internet | Metaphorical Thought | Scoop.it
Metaphors from the 1990s like "information superhighway" have proven surprisingly persistent, taking on new forms and meanings. Metaphors like "the cloud" are explaining newer parts of the web, and subtly telling us how the internet ought to be used
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Tech Innovators 2014: Yossarian Lives provides better insight for creatives

Tech Innovators 2014: Yossarian Lives provides better insight for creatives | Metaphorical Thought | Scoop.it
Ever got the feeling that no amount of searching yields anything original? Yossarian Lives is developing a piece of technology that is set to reignite creativity.
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How Numbers Help Us Spot Metaphors and Irony - The Epoch Times

How Numbers Help Us Spot Metaphors and Irony - The Epoch Times | Metaphorical Thought | Scoop.it
New research uses computer modeling to understand how people communicate with nonliteral language, such as metaphors, hyperboles, and exaggerated statements.
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Metaphors Are Us - Issue 1: What Makes You So Special - Nautilus

Metaphors Are Us - Issue 1: What Makes You So Special - Nautilus | Metaphorical Thought | Scoop.it
The other day I fixed something—a rarity for me. The flotation device in the toilet water tank was rubbing against the side, getting…
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Metaphor map charts the images that structure our thinking

Metaphor map charts the images that structure our thinking | Metaphorical Thought | Scoop.it
Metaphor is not the sole preserve of Shakespearean scholarship or high literary endeavour but has governed how we think about and describe our daily lives for centuries, according to researchers at Glasgow University.

Experts have now created the world’s first online Metaphor Map, which contains more than 14,000 metaphorical connections sourced from 4m pieces of lexical data, some of which date back to 700AD.

While it is impossible to pinpoint the oldest use of metaphor in English, because some may have been adopted from earlier languages such as Germanic, the map reveals that the still popular link between sheep and timidity dates back to Old English. Likewise, we do not always recognise modern use of metaphor: for example, the word “comprehend” comes from Latin, where it meant to physically grasp an object.

The three-year-long project to map the use of metaphor across the entire history of the English language, undertaken by researchers at the School of Critical Studies, was based on data contained in the Historical Thesaurus of English, which spans 13 centuries.

Dr Wendy Anderson, the project’s principal investigator, said that the findings supported the view that metaphor is pervasive in language and is also a major mechanism of meaning-change.

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Sorry, Plato and Descartes. Everything We Know We Know Through Our Bodies. - Slate Magazine

Sorry, Plato and Descartes. Everything We Know We Know Through Our Bodies. - Slate Magazine | Metaphorical Thought | Scoop.it
Have you ever deburred a dog? I have, and that distinctive experience (the dog in question was a black hound mix, and the burs were like brownish green stars in his fur) was responsible for some regrettable lines of poetry I wrote while in college:...
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How Metaphors Make Us Fall in Love With Designs | WIRED

How Metaphors Make Us Fall in Love With Designs | WIRED | Metaphorical Thought | Scoop.it
Ideo partner Michael Hendrix talks about embodied cognition at WIRED by Design.
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Metaphor, Series 1, Fry's English Delight - BBC Radio 4

Metaphor, Series 1, Fry's English Delight - BBC Radio 4 | Metaphorical Thought | Scoop.it
The sea, and the way it shapes the land, has a special metaphorical meaning.
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Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order J. David Archibald

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Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order   J. David Archibald

Leading paleontologist J. David Archibald explores the rich history of visual metaphors for biological order from ancient times to the present and their influence on humans’ perception of their place in nature, offering uncommon insight into how we went from standing on the top rung of the biological ladder to embodying just one tiny twig on the tree of life. He begins with the ancient but still misguided use of ladders to show biological order, moving then to the use of trees to represent seasonal life cycles and genealogies by the Romans. The early Christian Church then appropriated trees to represent biblical genealogies. The late eighteenth century saw the tree reclaimed to visualize relationships in the natural world, sometimes with a creationist view, but in other instances suggesting evolution. Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859) exorcised the exclusively creationist view of the “tree of life,” and his ideas sparked an explosion of trees, mostly by younger acolytes in Europe. 

 

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