LINGUIST List 29.1068

Wed Mar 07 2018

Books: Metonymy and Word-Formation: Brdar

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Date: 19-Feb-2018
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Subject: Metonymy and Word-Formation: Brdar
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Title: Metonymy and Word-Formation
Subtitle: Their Interactions and Complementation
Published: 2017
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Author: Mario Brdar
Hardback: ISBN: 9781527503205 Pages: 259 Price: U.K. £ 61.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9781527503205 Pages: 259 Price: U.S. $ 99.95

This book deals with the interplay between word-formation and metonymy. It shows that, like metaphor, metonymy interacts in important ways with morphological structure, but also warns us against a virtually unconstrained conception of metonymy. The central claim here is that word-formation and metonymy are distinct linguistic components that complement and mutually constrain each other. Using linguistic data from a variety of languages, the book provides ample empirical support for its thesis. It is much more than a systematic study of two neglected linguistic phenomena, for a long time thought to be unimportant by linguists. Through exposing and explaining the intricate interaction between metonymy and word formation from a cognitive linguistic perspective, the reader is presented with a sense of the amazing complexity of the development of linguistic systems. This book will be essential reading for scholars and advanced students interested in the role of figuration in grammar.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Written In: English (eng)

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