On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 8:29 PM, Amanda Babcock Furrow <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > Heck, a lot of things can be paraphrased in terms of going, entering, > exiting, being located at, and even more in terms of putting, taking, > sending etc. Writing? "Put words/thoughts/pen to paper." Cutting? > "Removed pieces with a knife." Hmm, but cutting doesn't necessarily remove pieces. Maybe a verb for a group splitting in two directions? > One of the less likely semantic fields > to be expressed in terms of location might be speech acts, but that > seems to me more because of what we would judge as basic and > fundamental rather than due to any problem phrasing it as "put words > in their ears". Looking at it the other way around, I wonder how you could metaphorically extend a verb for the act of speaking to movement. > I'm about to be the mother of an infant again, so I don't really plan > to pursue this idea, but it seems an interesting constraint. A rather > different set of basic true verbs from that we occasionally see of "do, > be, have"! Has anybody tried it? Congratulations!