Chapter published in:Studies in Figurative Thought and Language
Edited by Angeliki Athanasiadou
[Human Cognitive Processing 56] 2017
► pp. 274–294
Pragmatic effects in blended figures
The case of metaphtonymy
Issues concerning pragmatic effects resulting from blends of figurative language forms are considered. Different resulting patterns in such blends are approached first through deconstruction of pragmatic effects in individual figures such as metaphor, synecdoche, broader metonymy, verbal irony and others. How blends of those figures can then afford cancellation, facilitation, combination and other outcomes for their corralled pragmatic effects is then demonstrated from previous research and consideration of blended figurative examples, most prominently blends of metaphor and metonymy, or metaphtonymy. A call for further research and delineation of some specific issues warranted by such an exploration is then offered.
Keywords: pragmatics, metaphor, metonymy, verbal irony, hyperbole, synecdoche, oxymora, figure blends, figurative language
Published online: 26 April 2017
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