LINGUIST List 13.35

Tue Jan 8 2002

Qs: Internet Metaphors, "Labiodental r"

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  1. Denis Jamet, Internet metaphors
  2. dmcgrathwilkinson, Labiodental R

Message 1: Internet metaphors

Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2002 18:29:12 +0100
From: Denis Jamet <>
Subject: Internet metaphors

I am completing an article on the metaphors used to refer to the
Internet (surf the web, information highway...). Most Internet
metaphors (at least in English and in French) are "dynamic" (I mean,
they refer to a movement, to travel): In English, the Internet is an
information highway, on which you can surf. A worm, a virus, or a
Trojan Horse can get into your system (and unfortunately destroy
it!). The same conceptual metaphor is valid for French (naviguer (=
sail) sur Internet, autoroutes de l'information), etc. I would like to
know if it is also the case in other languages. Any help will be
greatly appreciated. I'll post a summary.

Thanks, and... Happy New Year to everyone.


Denis Jamet
University Jean Moulin - Lyon 3 (France)

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Message 2: Labiodental R

Date: 9 Jan 2002 04:01:13 -0000
From: dmcgrathwilkinson <dmcgrathwilkinsonBTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Labiodental R


I am currently researching the phenomenon of defective R i.e. the
pronunciation of R as a labiodental frictionless continuant, somewhat
closer to that of Dutch W, especially common in the south of
England. I wondered whether anyone has any thoughts/data
re. frequency/causes/distribution? 

Many thanks,

David McGrath Wilkinson.
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