Metonymy, category broadening and narrowing, and vertical polysemy

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Show simple item record Koskela, Anu en 2012-05-16T08:45:09Z 2012-05-16T08:45:09Z 2011
dc.identifier.citation Koskela, A. (2011) Metonymy, category broadening and narrowing, and vertical polysemy. In: Benczes, R., et al. (eds.), Defining Metonymy in Cognitive Linguistics: Towards a consensus view. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp. 125–146 en
dc.identifier.isbn 9789027223821
dc.description.abstract This chapter examines the relationship between metonymy and cases of category broadening and narrowing and the resulting state of vertical polysemy (e.g., cat ‘domestic cat’ > ‘any feline’ and drink ‘consume liquid’ > ‘consume alcohol’). Broadening and narrowing have been argued to be motivated by metonymic processes where a category member stands for the whole category or vice versa (Radden and Kövecses, 1999; cf. also Lakoff, 1987). Here, I show that there is a crucial difference between the domain structures involved in metonymy and in vertical polysemy. Unlike metonymies, broadening and narrowing do not involve a shift in the salience of domains (see Croft, 1993). Instead, I argue that there are four possible domain configurations that may underlie vertically related meanings. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher John Benjamins en
dc.subject linguistics en
dc.subject cognition en
dc.subject metonymy en
dc.subject polysemy en
dc.title Metonymy, category broadening and narrowing, and vertical polysemy en
dc.type Book chapter en
dc.researchgroup English Research Group en
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.ref2014.selected 1365776196_0211620095334_29_1

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