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Gumperz and S. C. Levinson (eds), Rethinking Linguistic Relativity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Brown, Cecil H. 1990. “A survey of category types in natural language”. In: S. L. ), Meanings and Prototypes. Studies in Linguistic Categorization. London: Routledge, 17–47. Brugman, Claudia. 1983. “The use of body-part terms as locatives in Chalcatongo Mixtec”. In Report no. 4 of the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages. Berkeley: University of California, 235–90. ———. 1984. Metaphor in the Elaboration of Grammatical Categories in Mixtec.

Thus, seeing language from a cognitive perspective entails seeing language from a social perspective. In addition, since language is a tool for expression and communication, it can be used for social ends and as a marker of social status. In order to study the use of language for social ends, one must have a conceptual system characterising what “social” means. Here cognition enters the study of social issues once more (Lakoff 1998: 109–110). R: How do you relate this concept of language, a link between a material means of expression and concepts, and ideology?

I mean the prescription is simply the same one that Socrates had: it is better to know yourself than not to know yourself. That’s the only prescription and then you make your choice. I am not suggesting that we should manipulate people to change their metaphors at all. In fact, if you know yourself, then you are less subject to that manipulation. There is no danger at all (Lakoff 1998: 116). R: So, some metaphors should be overcome. What criteria do you rely upon in order to justify the claim for better metaphors?

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