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December 27, 2020
Letters #49:
Language this year has surprised me but also disappointed. I came across an article about metaphor, which as those who know me know are a favourite of mine, but this article broke my heart. I love metaphor for the way language can open up new worlds by making us see things in new ways. This article was about grammatical metaphors, usually done through nominalisation (which is itself a grammatical metaphor), shrinks clauses, make language sharper and more precise, ore formal. The effect is to separate an object from its qualities so that a dense object now has density.