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Littlemore, Jeannette, Fiona MacArthur and Tina Krenmayer. 2015. How Basic Is “UNDERSTANDING IS SEEING” When Reasoning About Knowledge? Asymmetric Uses of Sight Metaphors in Office Hours Consultations in English as Academic Lingua Franca. Metaphor and Symbol 30 (3) : 184–217.
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Though inquiry reveals that the “UNDERSTANDING IS SEEING” mapping (cfr. sight metaphor) plays an important role in academic mentoring for Spanish-speaking undergraduate students at five European English medium universities, discourse practices define its saliency for distinct speaker groups. In this respect, it seems to be culturally important for English-speaking academics, but not automatically so for speakers of other languages.