Aspects of Meaning Construction

| University of Hamburg
| Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
| University of Hamburg
| University of Hamburg
ISBN 9789027232427 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027292551 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
Meaning does not reside in linguistic units but is constructed in the minds of the language users. Meaning construction is an on-line mental activity whereby speech participants create meanings on the basis of underspecified linguistic units. The construction of meaning is guided by cognitive principles. The contributions collected in the volume focus on two types of cognitive principles guiding meaning construction: meaning construction by means of metonymy and metaphor, and meaning construction by means of mental spaces and conceptual blending. The papers in the former group survey experiential evidence of figurative meaning construction and discuss high-level metaphor and metonymy, the role of metonymy in discourse, the chaining of metonymies, metonymy as an alternative to coercion, and metaphtonymic meanings of proper names. The papers in the latter group address the issues of meaning construction prompted by personal pronouns, relative clauses, inferential constructions, “sort-of” expressions, questions, and the into-causative construction.
[Not in series, 136]  2007.  x, 289 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Introduction. The construction of meaning in language
Günter Radden, Klaus-Michael Köpcke, Thomas Berg and Peter Siemund
Part I: Metonymy and metaphor
Experiential tests of figurative meaning construction
Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr.
High-level metaphor and metonymy in meaning construction
Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez and Ricardo Mairal Usón
The role of metonymy in meaning construction at discourse level: A case study
Antonio Barcelona
Chained metonymies in lexicon and grammar: A cross-linguistic perspective on body-part terms
Martin Hilpert
Arguing the case against coercion
Debra Ziegeler
When Zidane is not simply Zidane, and Bill Gates is not just Bill Gates: Some thoughts on the construction of metaphtonymic meanings of proper names
Mario Brdar and Rita Brdar-Szabó
Collocational overlap can guide metaphor interpretation
Anatol Stefanowitsch
Part II: Mental spaces and conceptual blending
Constructing the meanings of personal pronouns
Ronald W. Langacker
The construction of meaning in relative clauses: Indeterminacy and constraints
Kiki Nikiforidou
Constraints on inferential constructions
Christian Koops
The construction of vagueness: “Sort-of“ expressions in Romance languages
Wiltrud Mihatsch
Communication or memory mismatch? Towards a cognitive typology of questions
Wolfgang Schulze
Brutal Brits and persuasive Americans: Variety-specifc meaning construction in the into-causative
Stefanie Wulff, Anatol Stefanowitsch and Stefan Th. Gries
Index of authors
Index of subjects
Index of metonymies and metaphors
“A useful body of research on metaphor, metonymy and blends, which is valuable in bringing readers up-to-date on recent developments...the contribution of this book may no lie so much in the aspects studied (although these certainly add to our knowledge of the production and reception of meaning), but rather this volume distinguishes itself in that many of the articles presented here provide a clear pathway to more reliable measurement of cognitive processes.”
“This is indeed an extremely coherent volume that makes an engaging, highly stimulating reading experience [...] The result is a highly rigorous, well-balanced volume which makes a groundbreaking contribution to the complex issue of meaning construction. The authors of the volume’s chapters admirably succeed in shedding light on a considerable number of different though complementary facets which are essential to fully understand the dynamics of meaning construction.”
“As a whole, the volume offers the readers impressive insights into the investigation of meaning construction, examines and contrasts a range of current approaches, and highlights many unresolved problems in the theoretical understanding of the nature of meaning. [...] In essence, the volume will be highly informative and thought-provoking for those researchers and scholars who are interested in the ever-green topic of meaning construction.”
“In summary, Radden, Köpcke, Berg and Siemund have edited a useful body of research on metaphor, metonymy and blends, which is valuable in bringing readers up-to-date on recent developments.”
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