Collocation and connotation in figurative language
Primarily focused on idioms and other figurative phraseology, Colouring Meaning describes how the meanings of established phrases are enhanced, refocused and modified in everyday language use. Unlike many studies of creativity in language, this book-length survey addresses the matter at several levels, from the purely linguistic level of collocation, through its abstractions in colligation and semantic preference, to semantic prosody and connotation. This journey through both linguistic and cognitive levels involves the examination of habitual language and its exploitations, both mundane and colourful, explaining the phenomena observed in terms of current psycholinguistic research as well as corpus linguistics theory and analysis. The relationships between meaning in text and meaning in the mind are discussed at length and extensively illustrated with worked case studies to offer the reader a comprehensive overview of metaphorical and other secondary meanings as they emerge in real-world communicative situations.
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 43] 2011. xiii, 232 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
List of tables and figures | pp. xi–xii
Acknowledgements | p. xiii
chapter 1 A search for meanings | pp. 1–13
chapter 2 Idioms and idiomaticity | pp. 15–33
chapter 3 Co(n)text and meaning | pp. 35–82
chapter 4 Words in usual collocations: Delexicalisation | pp. 83–107
chapter 5 Phrases in context: Relexicalisation | pp. 109–141
chapter 6 Variation, metaphor and semantic association | pp. 143–165
chapter 7 Punning, word play and other linguistic special effects | pp. 167–196
chapter 8 Words and meanings | pp. 197–210
Appendix | pp. 221–224
Author index | pp. 225–226
Examples index | pp. 227–228
Subject index | pp. 229–232
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General