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    extension and metonymy

    Dear teachers,

    I get confused by "extension" and "metonymy" in translation theory.
    For example, two authors used the sentence "Every life has its roses and thorns". But one author puts it under "extension" while the other puts it under "metonymy". Could you please kindly explain the difference between the two?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Hi,

    I received an answer to this quesiton posted by xversion throught email. But it does not appear here. Is there anything wrong with this website?

    xversion1 thank you very much for your help.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I get confused by "extension" and "metonymy" in translation theory.
    For example, two authors used the sentence "Every life has its roses and thorns". But one author puts it under "extension" while the other puts it under "metonymy". Could you please kindly explain the difference between the two?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: Is there anything wrong with this website?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    I received an answer to this quesiton posted by xversion throught email. But it does not appear here. Is there anything wrong with this website?
    Some of xxversion's answers have been removed, because they were so inaccurate. I suggest you ignore the email you received. Wait until you receive an answer here from someone you trust. In the meantime, see if this helps: Metonymy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: extension and metonymy

    Not a teacher

    I don’t think it is either.
    To me “Life has its roses and thorns” looks like a metaphorical extension.
    And I don’t think it’s even a very good one, at least not for the purpose of grammar explanation, because the two things it compares are not on the same conceptual level.
    Good and bad > roses and thorns. I admit it sounds poetic. But being parts of the plant (like petals, stem, leaves) “thorns” are a sub-category of “rose” while “bad” is not a subcategory of “good” but the opposite. A formally balanced, same-level metaphorical extension would have been “Life has its roses and thistles”, for example.

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    Re: Is there anything wrong with this website?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Hi,

    I received an answer to this quesiton posted by xversion throught email. But it does not appear here. Is there anything wrong with this website?

    xversion1 thank you very much for your help.

    Jiang
    There's nothing wrong with the website- xversion1 was giving out incorrect answers, many of which were ridiculous.

    Like Emka, I don't really see this expression as metonymy.

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    Re: Is there anything wrong with this website?

    Hi fivejedjon,

    Thank you so much for your explanation. Now I understand what has happened. I shall visit Wikipedia in a few minutes.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Some of xxversion's answers have been removed, because they were so inaccurate. I suggest you ignore the email you received. Wait until you receive an answer here from someone you trust. In the meantime, see if this helps: Metonymy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: extension and metonymy

    Dear emka,

    Thank you so much for your explanation. Rhetorical books read it is a rhetocial device. But it seems they themselves cannot agree with each other, which confused me. I think your explanation makes it clearer.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by emka View Post
    Not a teacher

    I don’t think it is either.
    To me “Life has its roses and thorns” looks like a metaphorical extension.
    And I don’t think it’s even a very good one, at least not for the purpose of grammar explanation, because the two things it compares are not on the same conceptual level.
    Good and bad > roses and thorns. I admit it sounds poetic. But being parts of the plant (like petals, stem, leaves) “thorns” are a sub-category of “rose” while “bad” is not a subcategory of “good” but the opposite. A formally balanced, same-level metaphorical extension would have been “Life has its roses and thistles”, for example.

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    Re: Is there anything wrong with this website?

    Hi Tdol,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    There's nothing wrong with the website- xversion1 was giving out incorrect answers, many of which were ridiculous.

    Like Emka, I don't really see this expression as metonymy.

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