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Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics

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ISSN 0213-2028
E-ISSN 2254-6774

The Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics (RESLA/SJAL) is the biannual journal of the Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics (AESLA). International in scope, RESLA is peer reviewed and accepts for publication original high-quality scholarly contributions from anywhere around the world. Articles must be related to one of the ten research areas of the Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics: 1. Language Learning and Acquisition; 2. Language Teaching; 3. Language for Specific Purposes; 4. Psychology of Language, Child Language, and Psycholinguistics; 5. Sociolinguistics; 6. Pragmatics; 7. Discourse Analysis; 8. Corpus Linguistics, Computational Linguistics and Language Engineering; 9. Lexicology and Lexicography; 10. Translation and Interpreting Studies.

John Benjamins Publishing Company is the official publisher as of Volume 27 (2014)

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  • Mapping concepts: Understanding figurative thought from a cognitive-linguistic perspective
    • Author: Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez
    • Source: Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics, Volume 27, Issue 1, 2014, pages: 187 –207
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    • The notion of “conceptual mapping”, as a set of correspondences between conceptual domains, was popularized in Cognitive Semantics, following seminal work by Lakoff & Johnson (1980), as a way of accounting for the basic cognitive activity underlying metaphor and metonymy. Strangely enough, Cognitive Semantics has paid little, if any, attention to other cases of so-called figurative language such as hyperbole, irony, paradox, and oxymoron. This paper contends that it is possible to account for these and other figures of thought in terms of the notion of conceptual mapping. It argues that the differences between these and other figurative uses of language are a matter of the nature of the domains involved in mappings and how they are made to correspond. Additionally, this paper examines constraints on mappings and concludes that the same factors that constrain metaphor and metonymy are operational in the case of mappings for the other figures of thought under discussion.
  • Complex predicates and light verb constructions in Modern Irish
    • Author: Brian Nolan
    • Source: Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics, Volume 27, Issue 1, 2014, pages: 140 –167
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    • This paper characterises complex predicates and light verb constructions in Modern Irish. Light verbs are attested in many of the world’s languages (Alsina, Bresnan & Sells, 2001; Butt, 1995, 2003). Cross linguistically, there appears to be a common class of verbs involved in these constructions and generally there is agreement that light verbs contribute to the formation of complex predicates. Light verbs seem have a non-light or ‘heavy’ verb counterpart. In this paper we discuss the light verb constructions (LVC) as found in modern Irish and how they form complex predicates. We claim that the light verb (LV) encodes the event process initiation (or cause) and the matrix verb indicates the bounded component or result. In light verb constructions, the matrix verb appears in Modern Irish syntax as a verbal-noun form. The function of light verbs in these constructions is to modulate the event and sub-event semantics. We distinguish between auxiliary verbs constructions (AVC) and those constructions involving complex predicated and light verbs (Aikhenvald & Dixon, 2006; Anderson, 2006). We provide evidence based on an analysis of Irish data that shows how aspect and argument structure considerations are resolved for the complex predicate within the light verb construction via the linking system between semantics and syntax. We motivate a functional account, based on Role and Reference Grammar (Nolan, 2012; Nolan & Diedrichsen, 2013; Van Valin, 2005; Van Valin & LaPolla, 1997), that appeals to the analysis of complex predicates within a consideration of the layered structure of the clause.
  • Metaphors and metonymies for the (conceptualization and expression of the) state of no emotion in English and Greek
    • Author: Angeliki Athanasiadou
    • Source: Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics, Volume 27, Issue 1, 2014, pages: 1 –22
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    • The vocabulary of emotion terms has been treated both within and across cultures. Emotion terms, especially terms of universal emotion concepts, have been largely discussed. What has received little or no attention at all is the state of no emotion. The paper explores this state in English and Greek. It discusses the terms and the mechanisms (metaphors and metonymies) that feature in expressions showing no emotion. It will be argued (a) that the interplay between metaphor and metonymy is a very important operation for the conceptualization of no emotion; (b) in addition to shared experience, the culture-specific schemas govern this state in the two languages.
  • Competing constraints on the variable placement of direct object clitics in Mexico City Spanish
    • Authors: Scott A. Schwenter, and Rena Torres Cacoullos
    • Source: Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics, Volume 27, Issue 2, 2014, pages: 514 –536
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    • We utilize variationist methodology to explore the conventionalization and pragmatics of 3rd person direct object clitic placement in Spanish periphrastic constructions. Analysis of 652 tokens extracted from three Mexico City speech corpora indicates that while proclitic position is the majority variant, the rate of enclitic position depends on particular [finite + non-finite verb] constructions, distinguished by frequency measures and more grammaticalized meanings. At the same time, enclisis is favored by propositional or non-referential direct objects and by direct objects of low topic persistence, measured by subsequent mentions. In contrast, proclitic position is favored more by inanimate than human referents, especially those that show topic persistence and whose previous mention was in the syntactic role of direct object in the same or preceding clause. These quantitative patterns suggest that proclisis indicates prototypical DOs in non-prototypical use, i.e. topical inanimates. Thus, despite conventionalization of the general proclitic schema, particular constructions and semantic-pragmatic considerations are operative factors in the variation.
  • Metonymy and the way we speak
    • Authors: Klaus-Uwe Panther, and Linda L. Thornburg
    • Source: Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics, Volume 27, Issue 1, 2014, pages: 168 –186
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    • In this article we investigate correlations between semantically equivalent expressions (organized in manner scales according to the formal properties of length, prosodic prominence, and grammaticalization) and their varying potential to trigger a certain metonymic interpretation. We focus on manner scales of past ability as well as semantically and logically similar expressions relating to human character traits/dispositions and external circumstances. Using the concepts of strength of metonymic link and coercion, we show that shorter, prosodically weaker and more grammaticalized members in these manner scales more strongly trigger the potentiality for actuality metonymy than their longer, prosodically stronger, and less grammaticalized counterparts.
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