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The chapter is concerned with the metonymic use of in expressions such as . The metonymic nature underlying these expressions has already been noticed by Ruhl (1989) and Hirtle (2013). The present study focuses on the mapping of the literal use of as the metonymic source to its target. The metonymic source is characterized by the use of as an Achievement verb in sentences such as . The metonymic target in comprises two events, motion to a goal and a subsequent action. The relevant part of meaning resides in the unexpressed action. The action is inferred from the close relationship between a type of thing and potential actions afforded by the thing. In , the type noun affords metonymic “routes” to three motivated kinds of actions: ‘travelling’, ‘beginning a journey’ and ‘leaving’.


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Keyword(s): Achievement verb; affordance theory; complex event; force dynamics; metonymic route
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