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A dog pissing at the edge of a path : animal metaphors in an eastern Indonesian society

Author: Gregory Forth
Publisher: Montreal ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Nage people of the eastern Indonesian island of Flores refer to someone who begins something but is regularly distracted by other matters as "a dog pissing at the edge of a path." In this first comprehensive study of animal metaphors in a non-Western society, Gregory Forth focuses on how the Nage understand metaphor and use their knowledge of animals to shape specific expressions. Based on extensive field  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Forth, Gregory.
Dog pissing at the edge of a path.
Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019
(OCoLC)1096343829
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Forth
ISBN: 9780228000051 0228000041 022800005X 9780228000044 9780773559226 0773559221 9780773559233 077355923X
OCLC Number: 1112702679
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 388 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introductory Matters --
Metaphors and "Metaphor" in Human-Animal Relations --
Domestic Mammal Metaphors --
and Some Wild Variants --
Mammals in Metaphor: Exclusively Wild Kinds --
Talking with Birds --
Other Non-Mammals in Metaphor: Snakes, Lizards, Fish, Frogs, and More --
Metaphors with Bugs: Insects and Other Invertebrates --
The Differential Metaphorical Value of Different Animals --
Animal Metaphors in Social and Ontological Perspective.
Responsibility: Gregory Forth.
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"The Nage people of the eastern Indonesian island of Flores refer to someone who begins something but is regularly distracted by other matters as "a dog pissing at the edge of a path." In this first comprehensive study of animal metaphors in a non-Western society, Gregory Forth focuses on how the Nage understand metaphor and use their knowledge of animals to shape specific expressions. Based on extensive field research, A Dog Pissing at the Edge of a Path explores the meaning and use of over 560 animal metaphors employed by the Nage. Investigating how closely their indigenous concept of pata péle corresponds to the Greek-derived English concept of metaphor, Forth demonstrates that the Nage people understand these figures of speech in the same way as Westerners--namely as conventional ways of speaking about people and objects, not expressions of an essential identity between their animal vehicles and human referents. Theoretically engaging with anthropology's recent ontological turn, the book considers whether metaphors reveal significant differences in conceptions of human-animal relations, the human-animal contrast, and human understanding of other humans in different parts of the world. An incredible catalogue of animal-based linguistic art and Nage verbal conventions, A Dog Pissing at the Edge of a Path illuminates essential features of metaphorical thought everywhere."--

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