Metonymy and Metaphor in Grammar

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  • Editors: Klaus-Uwe Panther1, Linda L. Thornburg2, and Antonio Barcelona3
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027289353

Figurative language has been regarded traditionally as situated outside the realm of grammar. However, with the advent of Cognitive Linguistics, metonymy and metaphor are now recognized as being not only ornamental rhetorical tropes but fundamental figures of thought that shape, to a considerable extent, the conceptual structure of languages. The present volume goes even beyond this insight to propose that grammar itself is metonymical in nature (Langacker) and that conceptual metonymy and metaphor leave their imprints on lexicogrammatical structure. This thesis is developed and substantiated for a wide array of languages and lexicogrammatical phenomena, such as word class meaning and word formation, case and aspect, proper names and noun phrases, predicate and clause constructions, and other metonymically and metaphorically motivated grammatical meanings and forms. The volume should be of interest to scholars and students in cognitive and functional linguistics, in particular, conceptual metonymy and metaphor theory, cognitive typology, and pragmatics.

Subjects: Syntax; Semantics; Theoretical linguistics; Cognitive linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: Universität Hamburg; 2: Independent reseacher; 3: Universidad de Córdoba

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