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Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff
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Read from October 11 to 15, 2011

Whether or not you're a layman, an awareness of the pervasiveness of metaphor alone makes it worth the read. The text begins by calling attention to basic metaphors (like MORE AS UP) that we hear and use every day. As in a true dissertation, each chapter climbs in difficulty, but the writers attempt to remain comprehendible by review and repetition. When jargon words like "parameterization" pop up, repetition can be a real deterrent to readability.

Anyone dabbling in linguistics will find the assumptions hard to ignore, and possibly hard to swallow. There's a powerful argument for the reassignment of basic tenets like objectivity, including relabeling theories as myths. I was able to follow along, which is more than I could say for myself about most linguist texts. Credit must be accorded to such a lateral set of theories, and I plan to read more by Lakoff (probably Philosophy in the Flesh to start).
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