By Bayarmaa Khalzaa

Following on from Mongolian language for novices, this booklet takes the advancing scholars of Mongolian deeper into the grammatical constitution and sensible use of the language

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Mongolian Language for Intermediate Students

Following on from Mongolian language for newbies, this e-book takes the advancing scholars of Mongolian deeper into the grammatical constitution and sensible use of the language

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He uses his left hand to refer to others, “another” of his kind, and even the very notion of otherness. One can assume the opposite for left-handers, an hypothesis worth verifying. This symbolization, which divides the body in two to evoke two persons, and even creates a duality between the private individual and the social one – the righthanded person on one side and the left-wing party leader on the other – can be accounted for in terms of our self-perception of our bodies as apparently divisible into two parts.

It is possible that pursuing the role of metaphor here could provide insight to connections with broader cultural/metaphoric models which help motivate the use of these gestures. 7. Conclusion Overall, the interrelation of the topics of metaphor and gesture can prove fruitful from several perspectives. From the point of view of gesture studies, we know far more about gestures which make concrete reference than we do about those which refer to the abstract. The study of such gestures which are metaphoric on the semantic or pragmatic level not only confirms what we know about how gestures function in general, it also raises new issues for the field of gesture studies.

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