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Kennings are an old Norse poetic device based on the analogy. They're similar to Homeric epithets. Where the Greeks might say "the wine-dark sea" in their epic poetry, the Norse would say "whale road." This of course comes from the analogy "sea is to whale as road is to horse" or something like it. To use the standard shorthand, this becomes sea : whale :: road : horse. The key to the Kenning Game is...

2000-06-29

 metaphor kenning analogy
The metaphors we employ to travel the web are extremely pervasive, but almost invisible to most. Same thing with how we use computers in general. I'm sure a lot of folks can't imagine anything different than their computer having a "desktop", even though that's a strangely antiquated metaphor to use. Here we have a mindblowing amount of computational power, and software that can deal with a hundred dimensions just...

2007-10-25

 website Internet metaphor wisdom knowledge Flemming Funch
Looks like a stream of free associations turned into a little movie. Beautiful! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQrGBZDGjl4
 word language meaning association metaphor poetry
A small research arm of the U.S. government's intelligence establishment wants to understand how speakers of Farsi, Russian, English, and Spanish see the world by building software that automatically evaluates their use of metaphors...

2011-05-25

 metaphor poetry language linguistics communication