chapter  18
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A Review of the Figurative Properties of the Folk Riddle

This chapter explains that from the morphological view point, there are two major types of artistic verbal expression: narrative and figurative. In fine literature they usually are mixed, but folklore knows pure and distinct forms. A classic example of narrative morphology was presented in Vladimir Propp's study of the fairy tale. The folk riddle exemplifies the figurative type. And next to the habitual noun narrative, it is makes sense to use figurative as a noun. The folk riddle is a figurative. The heterogeneity of the two parts of the riddle is deeper than that. In a full-fledged riddle, the description itself is a binomial, too: a combination of a metaphoric and a literal description whose semantic heterogeneity is camouflaged by the structure of the sentence that seamlessly splices them. This conflicted; logically incorrect structure causes difficulty in proceeding from the description to the answer.