Must we complete the runs round the field? Sports related conceptual metaphors in Odongo Swagg’s song Linda nya Mbita
Keywords:language, metaphor, music, sex, sports
This paper explores the sports related metaphors in Odongo Swagg’s popular song Linda Nya Mbita. Metaphors are all-pervasive and this is evidenced by the numerous cases of polysemy and idiomaticity in the lexicon; they have systematic mappings between two conceptual domains that is the source (also called concrete) onto the target domain (also referred to as the abstract); metaphors primarily occur in thought and they are grounded in similarity of varied kinds. The objective of this study was to examine the portrayal of sex as a sporting encounter among the Luo community in Kenya. Conceptual Metaphor Theory as espoused by Kövecses (2002) was used to critically examine the mechanisms of sexual activities. The artist exploits poetic licence in which sexual obscenities are tolerated in music where sexual taboos are lifted. Sports metaphors in the song under study borrow from the popular games of soccer and athletics, both of which require great physical and mental preparedness and the ability to endure the rigors of the sports. The correlation between sex and sports is seen in how explicit sexual manouvres are compared with the dexterity of an ace soccer player who runs rings round the opponents in the field. It is also seen in the the stamina of a great athlete who can complete up to eight laps round the field without getting tired.
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