Imagery and Metaphors

The Maori language, like others, is full of metaphoric sayings that are beautifully crafted in imagery, analogy, similes, poetry and proverbial discourses. I think that having a background knowledge of the culture can increase a person’s understanding and use of the Maori language considerably as the learner takes into consideration the contextual properties of the metaphor being used in order to facilitate their learning, understanding and application. Language learning is not just about grammatical rules, but also about the context in which the language occurs, in this case the Maori language. Therefore, discourse analysis plays a critical role in Maori language teaching, learning, acquisition and education.

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