"Metaphors as the Interface of Language and Culture""Metaphors as the Interface of Language and Culture"http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/219442Chase Auditorium2012-11-15T16:30:002012-11-15T18:00:00
November 15,2012 4:30PM–6:00PM
A talk by James Lantolf
The Department of Spanish in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program presents a talk by James Lantolf, George and Jane Greer Professor in Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics, Penn State University. Prof. Lantolf has published widely in the area of applied linguistics, and more specifically on sociocultural theory and second language learning. His talk will focus on metaphors.
Metaphors are not merely ways of speaking but represent the ways in which a community thinks and acts grounded in specific kinds of culturally organized experiences. The presentation considers how metaphors (and metonymy) are constructed and then exams some cross-cultural differences between English, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian metaphors that can result in intercultural misunderstandings.
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