Geographical terms in Mongolian
(57th Annual Meeting of the PIAC Vladivostok, 2014)
In Mongolian some geographical terms are used as metaphors. The names of mountains, hills, rocks as well as water resources are conceptualizing as a human being, namely its shaped characteristic.
Frequently used orographic (both positive and negative) and hydrographic terms like uul, chuluu, qad,nuruu,ganga,orgil,tolgoi,oroi,tal,qangai,us, dalai, bulag, gol, namag, toirom, ursgal, etc., have their additional metaphor meanings. It must be mentioned that the names of water resources could be metaphors less unlike the orographic terms due to the dominant of mountainous objects in the landscape.