In or on?: Island Words, Island Worlds: II
2011 (English)In: Island Studies Journal, ISSN 1715-2593, Vol. 6, no 2, 227-244 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The first part of the paper examines uses and meanings of the orientationalmetaphors ‘in’, ‘on’, ‘out’ and ‘off’. In the discussed languages in North Western Europe thereare general principles of metaphoric entailment and underlying image schemas that guide thechoice of positional metaphor: islands you are normally ‘on’, and mainlands ‘in’. The secondpart of the paper examines cases where this use is debated or contested. The author finds thatthese contestations seem to be fuelled by the different relations between subject and object thatpositional metaphors entail. Expressions with ‘in’ highlight belonging and collective identity,enlarge objects by conceptualizing them as encompassing containers, and reduce subjects to apart of the object. Expressions with ‘on’ highlight individuality and agency, reduce the object,and enlarge the subject by placing it above the object. Such differing entailments of positionalmetaphors may influence how islands are positioned and understood.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Prince Edward Island , 2011. Vol. 6, no 2, 227-244 p.
conceptual metaphors; islands; island studies; language; North West Europe; orientational metaphors; positional metaphors
Research subject Ethnology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1158OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-1158DiVA: diva2:461081
ProjectsÖar och öbor
FunderSwedish Research Council