LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Autor:||“Down by the River”|
|Data:||25/ABR/2008 7:36 PM|
|Assunto:||Down by the river|
Neil Young had a very good (and quite long) song on his first album entitled “Down by the River” – a brilliant piece with superb guitaring – worth listening to
In that case, the meaning of down is as already described - simply referring to the fact that water collects at the lowest gravitational point – it therefore being natural that a river lies lower than the surrounding terrain, hence the logical and unsurprising use of “down”.
A possible alternative meaning of ‘down’ refers to depression (of heart; spirit eg downhearted) – but it appears unlikely that ‘down’ is being used in this sense.
Preposition use in all varieties of English throws up examples and cases which are difficult to explain. I imagine that is probably also a feature of most languages.
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