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Lexical Resources in Wolof and English for Talking of Time in Terms of Space
Kevin Ezra Moore
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This paper applies conceptual metaphor theory to Wolof, a Niger-Congo language spoken in Senegal and The Gambia, West Africa. The paper examines a subset of the Wolof lexemes that can be used for talking about time in terms of space and motion. Many of the same metaphors that have been proposed for English and other languages also appear in Wolof, sometimes with interesting differences having to do with interactions between metaphor and lexical semantics. Additionally, a Wolof metaphor that does not occur in English is examined.

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Selected Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
edited by Doris L. Payne and Jaime Peña
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