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    I'd appreciate if you answer the following two questions:

    1. If we say that something, such as conceptual metaphors are universal. Then, if someone else says that conceptual metaphors can vary along certain dimensions, is this person's statement against ours or is this given person only adding some more information to what we have already said?
    2. I'm confused. I think if something is universal it cannot change. Am I right? Can univeral phenomena vary?

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    Re: Universal

    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    I'm confused. I think if something is universal it cannot change. Am I right? Can universal phenomena vary?
    Yes, for example, climate change is a universal phenomenon, and that can certainly vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venus.jam View Post
    I think if something is universal it cannot change.
    It depends entirely on the nature of the universal thing, and what you mean by universal. The laws of the universe may not change, but processes do.

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    So if an author states that conceptual metaphors are universal. Then, another writer mentions that "I argue that conceptual metaphors can vary along certain dimensions", It seems that the second author does not agree with the first one because of the verb "argue". So, does he mean that conceptual metaphors are not universal?

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    Re: Universal

    That alone is insufficient to determine whether the two authors are in agreement or not. It's also possible that they partially agree on "conceptual metaphors".

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    I think that the second author recognises that their views are different and states the case for his/her point of view.

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