Conduit metaphor

Conduit metaphor - person Examples of this by Reddy are...

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Matt Candler 9-9-11 C205 Conduit Metaphor Paper Michael Reddy, the jack-of-all-trades man, which includes him being a former Professor at Columbia University, brings to the attention of many the use of metaphor in our communication. Metaphors are defined as, “Figures of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison.” The Conduit metaphor, which is a culmination of Reddy’s in-depth ideas, with his desire to better understand human interaction, explains the importance of metaphor in communication. The conduit metaphor, from my understanding and recollection of Reddy’s article, illustrates human communication through language as if words formed to ideas are somehow submitted from the brain of one person to that of another. Metaphors are used to aid in the understanding of what is being said from a
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Unformatted text preview: person. Examples of this by Reddy are “Try to get your thoughts across better”, or “Try to pack more thoughts into fewer words (Reddy 166-67). From my best understanding, Reddy’s concern with metaphors is due to the fact that people take things very literally. In many instances, doing so isn’t harmful to the communication process, in some circumstances where strong metaphors are present, taking words for what they’re worth won’t allow you to grasp the meaning of what is trying to be communicated to you from someone else. Visualizing communication through a conduit means that you are solely focused on the words being presented, not the entire process of communication. That is one major problem with “looking through communication”. Doing so can lead you to not completely understanding what is being presented to you....
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