This chapter is concerned with the conceptual basis of metonymy. Particular attention is devoted to properties that are considered crucial to conceptual metonymy. The metonymic source has received little attention. However, it plays an important role as an element of the target and is given due attention. The notion of association is applied to metonymic interconnections, inference, and strength of association. A central element of metonymy is the notion of relation: However, neither contiguity nor indexicality adequately covers the range of metonymic relations. The paper argues that two more properties are pertinent to conceptual metonymy: a metonymic shift from a source concept to a complex metonymic target, and the conceptualintegration of source and target and its resulting emergent meanings.
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