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Varnikova, E. N. 1996. Semanticheskaya struktura prilagatel'nykh s iskhodnoy semoy "metallicheskiy" (The semantic structure of adjectives with the base sememe "metallic"). Metaphor in Homer: Time, Speech and Thought 83 (4) : 91–95. 5 pp.


Eleven Russian adjectives derived from metal designations (e.g., 'zolotoy' (golden)) are analyzed for semantic development patterns and three models are distinguished, leading from metal name to (1) color term, (2) qualitative adjective, and (3) speculative-evaluative meaning. The productivity of each model is investigated, and connotation is found to be the leading motive of semantic transformation whereas metaphorization is the primary mechanism through which a new meaning develops. (Copyright 1997, Sociological Abstracts, Inc., all rights reserved.) (Z. Dubiel in LLBA 1997, vol. 31, n. 5)