Metonymy revisited : towards a new relevance-theoretic account

2015
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dc.abstract.enMetonymy is a pervasive aspect of spontaneous as well as reflective linguistic performance and its cognitive and communicative role needs to be adequately attended to. The paper aims to offer a new model of metonymy grounded in the relevance-theoretic approach to communication, adopting the view that all comprehension is underlain by inferential processes. First, we present a critical overview of selected existing accounts of metonymy put forward by cognitive linguists, arguing that although they offer valuable observations about the role of metonymy in online meaning construction and bring to light a varied spectrum of different types of metonymic conceptualizations, cognitive linguistic analyses fall some way short of offering a convincing rationale for metonymic uses in verbal communication and do not articulate a psychologically plausible and testable principle that would explain why metonymy arises and how the intended meaning is inferred in context by the recipient. We also critically address the existing relevance-theoretic models, which, while offering a cognitively motivated account of metonymy, likewise suffer from certain inadequacies. In an attempt to remedy these shortcomings, we develop a fully inferential relevance-theoretic account, which assumes that metonymy is a case of tagging the intended referent by a concept literally denoted by the metonymic expression. The real-world contiguity which underlies metonymic usage is postulated to be encapsulated in mental schemas that are indexed by the concept that the metonymic word or phrase provides access to.pl
dc.affiliationWydział Filologiczny : Instytut Filologii Angielskiejpl
dc.contributor.authorJodłowiec, Maria - 128535 pl
dc.contributor.authorPiskorska, Agnieszkapl
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-30T11:41:56Z
dc.date.available2015-11-30T11:41:56Z
dc.date.issued2015pl
dc.description.number2pl
dc.description.physical161-187pl
dc.description.publication1,7pl
dc.description.volume12pl
dc.identifier.doi10.1515/ip-2015-0009pl
dc.identifier.eissn1613-365Xpl
dc.identifier.issn1612-295Xpl
dc.identifier.urihttp://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/17293
dc.languageengpl
dc.language.containerengpl
dc.participationJodłowiec, Maria: 50%;pl
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dc.titleMetonymy revisited : towards a new relevance-theoretic accountpl
dc.title.journalIntercultural Pragmaticspl
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Metonymy is a pervasive aspect of spontaneous as well as reflective linguistic performance and its cognitive and communicative role needs to be adequately attended to. The paper aims to offer a new model of metonymy grounded in the relevance-theoretic approach to communication, adopting the view that all comprehension is underlain by inferential processes. First, we present a critical overview of selected existing accounts of metonymy put forward by cognitive linguists, arguing that although they offer valuable observations about the role of metonymy in online meaning construction and bring to light a varied spectrum of different types of metonymic conceptualizations, cognitive linguistic analyses fall some way short of offering a convincing rationale for metonymic uses in verbal communication and do not articulate a psychologically plausible and testable principle that would explain why metonymy arises and how the intended meaning is inferred in context by the recipient. We also critically address the existing relevance-theoretic models, which, while offering a cognitively motivated account of metonymy, likewise suffer from certain inadequacies. In an attempt to remedy these shortcomings, we develop a fully inferential relevance-theoretic account, which assumes that metonymy is a case of tagging the intended referent by a concept literally denoted by the metonymic expression. The real-world contiguity which underlies metonymic usage is postulated to be encapsulated in mental schemas that are indexed by the concept that the metonymic word or phrase provides access to.
dc.affiliationpl
Wydział Filologiczny : Instytut Filologii Angielskiej
dc.contributor.authorpl
Jodłowiec, Maria - 128535
dc.contributor.authorpl
Piskorska, Agnieszka
dc.date.accessioned
2015-11-30T11:41:56Z
dc.date.available
2015-11-30T11:41:56Z
dc.date.issuedpl
2015
dc.description.numberpl
2
dc.description.physicalpl
161-187
dc.description.publicationpl
1,7
dc.description.volumepl
12
dc.identifier.doipl
10.1515/ip-2015-0009
dc.identifier.eissnpl
1613-365X
dc.identifier.issnpl
1612-295X
dc.identifier.uri
http://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/17293
dc.languagepl
eng
dc.language.containerpl
eng
dc.participationpl
Jodłowiec, Maria: 50%;
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bez licencji
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Article
dc.titlepl
Metonymy revisited : towards a new relevance-theoretic account
dc.title.journalpl
Intercultural Pragmatics
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JournalArticle
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