Navigation Links
Sign languages help us understand the nature of metaphors
Date:12/10/2010

(Washington, DC) A recent study of the use of metaphors in spoken language and various sign languages shows that certain types of metaphors are difficult to convey in sign language. The study, "Iconicity and metaphor: Constraints on metaphorical extension of iconic forms," to be published in the December 2010 issue of the scholarly journal Language, is authored by Irit Meir of the University of Haifa. A preprint version is available on line at: http://lsadc.org/info/documents/2010/press-releases/meir.pdf.

Dr. Meir's research sheds new light on the interrelations between two notions that play an important role in language and communication, iconicity and metaphor. This study shows that the iconicity of a form may constrain the possible metaphorical extensions that the form might take. Put another way, certain metaphorical expressions in spoken language cannot be "translated directly" into sign language if their form is iconic.

Sign languages are natural languages, with rich and complex grammatical structures and lexicons. Sign languages have rich use of metaphors. But quite often, when trying to translate metaphors from a spoken language to a sign language, we find that it is impossible to use the same words. For example, it is impossible to use the sign FLY (in Israeli Sign Language and American Sign Language) in the expression "time flies" or "the day just flew by". The metaphorical uses of a word such as FLY are impossible because of the form of this sign, in particular, its iconicity. The sign for FLY is produced by moving the arms as if flapping one's wings. But in the expression "time flies", we do not mean that time is flapping its wings. Rather, the metaphor is built on an implication of the action of flying, namely that it is a very fast way of motion. So there is a clash between what the form of the sign encodes (wing flapping) and the aspect of mean
'/>"/>

Contact: Alyson Reed
areed@lsadc.org
202-835-1714
Linguistic Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Gold Standard/Elsevier promotes medication safety and compliance via New MEDcounselor languages
2. DiabetesCare.net Goes Spanish…and French…and 50 Other Languages
3. New therapies and gene target advance the treatment and understanding of hard-to-treat leukemias
4. Psychopaths May Lack Understanding of Social Contracts: Study
5. U of M researchers identify possible key to treating, understanding post-traumatic stress disorder
6. Breakthrough in understanding life-threatening childhood liver disease
7. Interactive media improved patients’ understanding of cancer surgery by more than a third
8. Microbiomes may hold key to better understanding of preterm birth
9. What can health-care facilities do to help patients better understand medical information
10. Do children understand irony?
11. Better understanding of mapmaking in the brain
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/2/2014)... news release is available in Spanish . ... Granada have found, through an experiment conducted on rats, that ... of great use for groups with bone disease problems, such ... also revealed that vegetal proteinin the case of the present ... protein), since the former increased the level of calcium in ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... Somerset, N.J. (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 ... delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics ... support of its strategic partner, Eli Lilly’s growth, ... clinical packaging lines at its Philadelphia Clinical Supply ... prefilled syringe packaging capabilities in its clinical supply ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... Australia (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 The ... has fluctuated over the past five years. Industry revenue ... of 1.0% over the five years through 2014-15, following ... have faced increasing external competition from alternate forms of ... and other online gambling platforms have all become increasingly ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... Based on new studies, concerns ... kidney and spleen surgeries, have continued to mount. ... patients. , An article in the "Public ... Titilope Oduyebo and Bradley J. Quade called, "Peritoneal ... on Nov 26, 2012 defines a morcellator ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to excess pounds ... a new study finds. The research found that belly ... odds for high blood pressure more than overall body fat. ... high blood pressure. But it wasn,t clear how the location ... researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Study conducted on rats suggests that hyperproteic diets can be beneficial for bones 2Health News:Catalent Supports Eli Lilly's Growing Global Clinical Trials Needs with New Investment in Automated Packaging Solutions 2Health News:Lotteries in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld 2Health News:Lotteries in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld 3Health News:New York Law Firm Discusses Allegedly Dangerous Surgical Morcellator Devices And Cancer Risk 2Health News:New York Law Firm Discusses Allegedly Dangerous Surgical Morcellator Devices And Cancer Risk 3Health News:'Spare Tire' May Be Especially Bad for Your Blood Pressure 2
... simple blood test corresponding to the follicular phase (days ... optimal scheduling of breast MRI exams in premenopausal women ... repeat scans and non-diagnostic tests patients experience and providing ... to a study published in the December issue of ...
... Nov. 20 As more red flags are uncovered about ... played a significant role in enabling this to happen. Has ... of inclusion and acceptance into a dangerous unwillingness to acknowledge ... and author Dr. Gaby Cora asserts that dangerous behavior in ...
... , Unique Survey Takes First-Time Look at Employers, ... 20 More employers are taking steps to improve their ... prescribed, a move that could stave off more serious and ... the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC). , Medication compliance, sometimes ...
... Keep your children ... Kiley. , ... 2009 -- During the exciting weeks leading up to the holidays, many people find themselves ... the spirit of the season. Among all this holiday cheer we often forget that unsafe ...
... ... a line of pacifiers affixed to stuffed animals, she not only thought she created ... years later, apparently someone else thought so as well, as Williams was one of ... , ...
... WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 20 CVS/pharmacy kicks off its annual ... St. Jude Children,s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving ... CVS/pharmacy store colleagues will encourage customers to add $1 to ... of St. Jude, one of the world,s premier centers for ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Psychiatrist Says Political Correctness Is Costing Lives 2Health News:Medication Compliance Is a Key Concern for Employers, According to New Survey 2Health News:Medication Compliance Is a Key Concern for Employers, According to New Survey 3Health News:Parents: Holiday Safety Tips from Massachusetts Child Injury Lawyer Thomas M. Kiley 2Health News:Parents: Holiday Safety Tips from Massachusetts Child Injury Lawyer Thomas M. Kiley 3Health News:Pacimals Founder Recognized in Time Magazine's "Inventors and Their Inventions" Special Section 2Health News:CVS/pharmacy Kicks Off Annual Thanks and Giving(R) Campaign for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 2
(Date:9/2/2014)... , Sept. 2, 2014  Cyberonics, Inc. ... from the ANTHEM-HF clinical study.  Results of the ... during a major European cardiology congress and concurrently ... show Autonomic Regulation Therapy (ART) in patients ... impaired heart function is safe, improves the heart,s ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... Calif. , Sept. 2, 2014  Abaxis, Inc. ... manufacturing point-of-care blood instrumentation and consumables to the medical, ... Severson , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will present ... September 10, 2014 at 10:20 a.m. ET. The conference ... in New York City . ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... , Sept. 2, 2014  Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Morgan Stanley ... , New York on Tuesday, September ... parties are invited to listen to the live audio webcast ... at www.hologic.com/investors-overview . An archive of the presentation will ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:ANTHEM-HF Shows Autonomic Regulation Therapy Is Safe And Improves Heart Function In Patients With Chronic Heart Failure 2ANTHEM-HF Shows Autonomic Regulation Therapy Is Safe And Improves Heart Function In Patients With Chronic Heart Failure 3ANTHEM-HF Shows Autonomic Regulation Therapy Is Safe And Improves Heart Function In Patients With Chronic Heart Failure 4ANTHEM-HF Shows Autonomic Regulation Therapy Is Safe And Improves Heart Function In Patients With Chronic Heart Failure 5Abaxis, Inc. to Present at the Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference 2
... 5, 2011 Reportlinker.com announces that ... available in its catalogue: ... Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical ... http://www.reportlinker.com/p0610527/Emerging-Markets-Chinese-and-Indian-Cosmetic-Surgery-Facial-Aesthetic-and-Medical-Laser-Markets-2011.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Medical_Equipment_and_Supply The ...
... 2011 The Board of Directors of MSA (NYSE: ... a Vice President of the company, responsible for Global Product ... of November 1, will assume the role of President of ... (MEZ).  In his new role, Dr. Muschter will become a ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 2Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 3Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 4Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 5Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 6Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 7Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 8Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 9Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 10Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 11Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 12Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 13Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 14Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 15Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 16Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 17Emerging Markets: Chinese and Indian Cosmetic Surgery, Facial Aesthetic and Medical Laser Markets 2011 18MSA Elects Dr. Thomas Muschter to Vice President 2
... Wheaton Harness™ A Pavlik-type harness with ... the treatment of congenital hip dysplasia. ... lining, and antislip foot pieces.,Color-coded anterior ... adjustments can be made while the ...
... cost walker features a non-skid rocker outsole ... profile design minimizes leg length discrepancy. Three ... strapping quick and easy. Steel uprights are ... ankle and bulky bandaging. Designed for easy ...
... walker provides comfortable stability for acute ankle ... leg, stress fractures of the lower leg ... ankle. Extension pads for the liner are ... Tide walker with midcalf uprights, is ideal ...
... Cronin, Inc. is a ... Footwear, Orthopedic Softgoods, and ... Our products are of ... available in the USA ...
Medicine Products: