Weiland-Breckle, Hanna and Schumacher, Petra B. ORCID: 0000-0003-0263-8502 (2017). Artist-for-work metonymy. The Mental Lexicon, 12 (2). pp. 219-233. ISSN 1871-1340

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Link to the document: http://doi.org/10.1075/ml.16014.wei


There is an on-going debate about how the language system handles expressions that may refer to different word senses. Some theories propose derivational operations triggered by a type-mismatch; others assume underspecified lexical representations that engage in sense selection. Previous studies yielded mixed evidence. To further understand the diverse results and to tease apart type conflicts from sense selection, we conducted an ERP study on one type of metonymy using question-answer pairs. We capitalized on the fact that the metonymic relation could be anticipated by a wh-word, yielding a type clash between the wh-word and the predicate that cannot be resolved in the question (Whom did she read? vs. What did she read?) – in contrast to the answer (She read Brecht.). These conditions were contrasted with a non-metonymic reading. The results revealed a pronounced N400 at the verb of the whom-question in contrast to the questions without a type clash, and no reliable differences at the artist’s name in the answer. We therefore argue for an underspecification account for this metonymy-type which is not preceded by the detection of a type conflict. In comparison with other metonymy-types, this substantiates a classification of sense alternations into sense selection and sense creation.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Schumacher, Petra B.petra.schumacher@uni-koeln.deorcid.org/0000-0003-0263-8502UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-376574
DOI: 10.1075/ml.16014.wei
Journal or Publication Title: The Mental Lexicon
Volume: 12
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 219-233
Date: 2017
ISSN: 1871-1340
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Zentrale Forschungseinrichtungen > Cologne Center of Language Sciences - Kölner Zentrum Sprachwissenschaften (CCLS)
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/37657


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