Metonymy, category broadening and narrowing, and vertical polysemy

Koskela, Anu (2011) Metonymy, category broadening and narrowing, and vertical polysemy. In: Barcelona, Antonio, Benczes, Réka and Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco José (eds.) Defining metonymy in cognitive linguistics: towards a consensus view. Human Cognitive Processing, 28 . John Benjamins, Amsterdam & Philadelphia, pp. 125-146. ISBN 9789027223821

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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 Kvecses, 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.

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Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Depositing User: Anu Koskela
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2012 12:13
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