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a language that can be used to describe languages

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In this position, the conduit metaphor and container metaphor operate synergistically to create a complex metaphor scheme, that is, they operate as two separate metaphors fused into one comparison.
Krippendorff argues that the conduit metaphor is primarily concerned with electricity and originates from the telephone and telegraph.
However, not every subclass within the general class of verb of communication is sensitive to the use of the conduit metaphor within its semantic structure.
We have suggested that the verb phone patterns with say verbs in that it is conceptually grounded in the conduit metaphor, which explains why it cannot be subsumed into the ditransitive construction.
In Weaver's interpretation of Shannon's "freedom of choice," however, this statistical example of alphabetic occurrence within a language gives way to semantic and discursive "choices" (i.e., choices of expression), and, thus, Shannon's technical transmission model is reinterpreted within a particular speaker--hearer model of language (i.e., the conduit metaphor) with the "speaker" understood as the intentional "individual" of the liberal, and more generally, the constitutional political tradition.
Reddy electrified the nascent discipline of cognitive semantics with an essay on what he called "The Conduit Metaphor." In it he provided the first systematic analysis of an important example of what has come to be called a metaphor theme, in this case the one underlying most English descriptions of language and communication--English metalanguage.
As Reddy puts it, the four categories which constitute the "major framework" of the conduit metaphor [...] imply, respectively, that: (1) language functions like a conduit, transferring thoughts bodily from one person to another; (2) in writing and speaking, people insert their thoughts or feelings in the words; (3) words accomplish the transfer by containing the thoughts or feelings and conveying them to others; and (4) in listening or reading, people extract the thoughts and feelings once again from the word.
Managerial and organizational communication in terms of the conduit metaphor. Academy of Management Review, 9, 428-437.
Here, I will discuss three of the four related complex metaphors that reflect patriarchal thinking about language and communication: the CONDUIT METAPHOR, first described by Michael Reddy, GRAMMAR IS SEX, and LANGUAGE IS A WOMAN.
Michael Reddy argues that the Conduit Metaphor is the prevalent metaphor in western descriptions of language, including attempts to improve and understand communication.
The idea of the relational character of communication differs strongly from the so called conduit metaphor which is the dominant view of communication, for example, in the lion part of managerial textbooks (Axley, 1984; Bokeno, 2002).
1993 (1979): "The Conduit Metaphor: A Case of Frame Conflict in Our Language About Language".
Axley, "Managerial and Organizational Communication in Terms of the Conduit Metaphor," Academy of Management Review, 9 (1984): 428-437.
The author traces the musical and cultural pilgrimages of musicians like Khamvong Insixiengmai, a premier Laotian-born lam singer, while burrowing into and out of his creative process and devices with a consciousness of conduit metaphors, verb morphology, and metalanguage as well as a deft textual and musical analysis of his songs: "Khamvong's songs have no hero in the mold of Achilles, Arthur, or Roland.