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Suardiaz, Delia E. and Brinia Guaycochea. 1996. Atribución de roles temáticos en usos metafóricos (Thematic role assignment in metaphorical uses). 6 pp.


In a generative framework of X-bar theory and the modularity of the human mind, the problem of the thematic role or roles assigned by Spanish 'en' ('in', 'on') in metaphorical uses is addressed. An interpretation of 'en' in terms of a notion of static relations proposed by S. Gili y Gaya (1967) in a traditional framework is critiqued, and an alternative is offered: the system underlying metaphorization is not linguistic; Spanish 'en' is acquired simply as a preposition assigning locative Case, and the semantic interpretation of metaphorical expressions is acquired separately as a cultural system. (Copyright 1997, Sociological Abstracts, Inc., all rights reserved.) (LLBA 1997, vol. 31, n. 3)