Creative Compounding in English
The Semantics of Metaphorical and Metonymical Noun-Noun Combinations
Réka Benczes | Eötvös Loránd University
Metaphorical and metonymical compounds – novel and lexicalised ones alike – are remarkably abundant in language. Yet how can we be sure that when using an expression such as land fishing in order to speak about metal detecting, the referent will be immediately understood even if the hearer had not been previously familiar with the compound? Accordingly, this book sets out to explore whether the semantics of metaphorical and metonymical noun–noun combinations can be systematically analysed within a theoretical framework, where systematicity pertains to regularities in both the cognitive processes and the products of these processes, that is, the compounds themselves. Backed up by recent psycholinguistic evidence, the book convincingly demonstrates that such compounds are not semantically opaque as it has been formerly claimed: they can in fact be analysed and accounted for within a cognitive linguistic framework, by the combined application of metaphor, metonymy, blending, profile determinacy and schema theory; and represent the creative and associative word formation processes that we regularly apply in everyday language.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 19] 2006. xvi, 206 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Acknowlegements | pp. xi–xii
List of figures | pp. xiii–xiv
List of tables | p. xv
Notation | p. xv
Abbreviations | p. xvi
Introduction and some basic concepts | pp. 1–12
Descriptivists, transformationalists and alternative theories | pp. 15–39
Cognitive linguistics: Principles and methodology | pp. 41–68
Compositionality and transparency | pp. 69–85
Metaphor-based compounds | pp. 89–105
Metaphor-based semantic relation betweenthe constituents of the compound | pp. 107–140
Metonymy-based compounds | pp. 141–162
Metaphor- and metonymy-based compounds | pp. 163–181
A brief overview and the wider perspective | pp. 183–190
Appendix | pp. 191–195
General Index | pp. 203–205
Metaphor and metonymy index | p. 206
“This book is a major contribution to cognitive morphology, a field that has hitherto received relatively little attention within cognitive linguistics. Using tools such as metaphor, metonymy and conceptual blending, Réka Benczes elucidates the conceptual motivation of a wide range of ‘creative’ nominal compounds traditionally regarded as semantically opaque.”
Klaus-Uwe Panther & Linda L. Thornburg, Hamburg University
“The book under review is an original contribution to the debate concerning the interpretation of NN compounds in general. It can be seen as an extension to the domain of compounding of analyses developed for other phenomena in the framework of Cognitive Grammar.”
Bernard Fradin, in Word Structure 2008
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