Chapter published in:Studies in Figurative Thought and Language
Edited by Angeliki Athanasiadou
[Human Cognitive Processing 56] 2017
► pp. 200–229
Shakespeare on the shelf, Blue Helmets on the move
Human-related metonymic conceptualization in English and Serbian
This chapter explores human-related conceptual metonymies in English and Serbian. Highlighting the shared metonymic mappings involving human beings as targets (x for human) and vehicles (human for x) and the similarities/differences in their lexical and grammatical realization in the two languages, the analysis shows that concepts from the human domain are readily recruited both as targets and as vehicles of metonymic mappings, whereby preferences towards particular kinds of human-related concepts as vehicles or targets outweigh language-specific differences, yielding a rather consistent metonymic portrayal of humans in English and Serbian. The analysis is followed by a discussion of the diagnostic potential of human-related metonymies for content-based cross-linguistic study of conceptual metonymy.
Keywords: conceptual metonymy, cross-linguistic, humans as metonymic targets, humans as metonymic vehicles, metonymic portrayal of humans
Published online: 26 April 2017
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