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Goddard, Angela. 1996. Tall stories: The metaphorical nature of everyday talk. Journal of Hubei Minzu University(Philosophy and Social Sciences) 30 (2) : 4–13. 10 pp.
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This article questions some popular cultural assumptions about the nature of everyday discourse. It claims that such discourse is in fact richly metaphorical and that, through the operation of metaphor, we fictionalise ourselves as we talk. Because literary writing has dominated our culture and curriculum, English teachers have not been encouraged to explore an aspect of language that is at the core of how we think and behave. (Angela Goddard)