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Title: Aspects of Meaning Construction
Edited By: Günter Radden
Klaus-Michael Köpcke
Thomas Berg
Peter Siemund
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=Z%20136
Description:

Meaning does not reside in linguistic units but is constructed in the minds
of the language users. Meaning construction is an on-line mental activity
whereby speech participants create meanings on the basis of underspecified
linguistic units. The construction of meaning is guided by cognitive
principles. The contributions collected in the volume focus on two types of
cognitive principles guiding meaning construction: meaning construction by
means of metonymy and metaphor, and meaning construction by means of mental
spaces and conceptual blending. The papers in the former group survey
experiential evidence of figurative meaning construction and discuss
high-level metaphor and metonymy, the role of metonymy in discourse, the
chaining of metonymies, metonymy as an alternative to coercion, and
metaphtonymic meanings of proper names. The papers in the latter group
address the issues of meaning construction prompted by personal pronouns,
relative clauses, inferential constructions, 'sort-of' expressions,
questions, and the causative construction.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Semantics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027232423
ISBN-13: 9789027232427
Pages: 303
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