A look at <i>respect</i>: Investigating metonymies in Earle Modern English

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This paper analyses the occurrences of the verb and noun <i>respec</i>t in the EModE period of the He<i>lsinki Corpus of English Texts</i>, and in the Co<i>rpus of E</i>a<i>rly English Correspondence Sampler</i>, with respect to their conceptual metonymies and metaphors, and to which other words they combine with. The paper suggests the term ‘emotion word bundle’ for recurrent phrases with emotion words. It emphasises the role of the concept of vision in the conceptualisation of respect, both metonymically and metaphorically. This has been downplayed in earlier cognitive linguistic research, but becomes particularly clear in a historical study, which shows <i>respect </i>being used for physical, metaphysical and metatextual attention. Coupling eyesight and intellect with emotion and interpersonal communication also makes sense in a wider scientific perspective.


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