Colouring Meaning

Collocation and connotation in figurative language

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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
Table of Contents
List of tables and figures
xi–xii
Acknowledgements
xiii
chapter 1 A search for meanings
1–13
chapter 2 Idioms and idiomaticity
15–33
chapter 3 Co(n)text and meaning
35–82
chapter 4 Words in usual collocations: Delexicalisation
83–107
chapter 5 Phrases in context: Relexicalisation
109–141
chapter 6 Variation, metaphor and semantic association
143–165
chapter 7 Punning, word play and other linguistic special effects
167–196
chapter 8 Words and meanings
197–210
References
211–220
Appendix
221–224
Author index
225–226
Examples index
227–228
Subject index
229–232
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2010048689