Writing: Research The Conduit Metaphor
A partial listing of the metalingual resources of English
This appendix lists core expressions available in English to describe how verbal communication succeeds or fails. It is divided into two parts. The first lists expressions arising from the logic of the conduit metaphor; the second lists expressions which are either metaphorically neutral or involve logics alternative to the conduit metaphor. Further search for expressions, along with a more elaborate means of analyzing and classifying, will be required before either collection can be termed complete. In some cases, in Part One, core expressions which I have placed in one category could with justification be placed in a different category as well. These and other niceties must await later exposition. One or two examples follow each expression. Click below to see these lists.