Schumacher, Petra B. ORCID: 0000-0003-0263-8502 (2019). Metonymy. In: The Oxford Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics, pp. 315-330.

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This chapter addresses metonymy, an operation that is used to refer to an entity by means of an expression that has a particular semantic or conceptual relation to that entity (e.g. ‘the ham sandwich’ referring to a customer at a restaurant or ‘the wooden turtle’ referring to an object on a shelf). It discusses different types and communicative functions of metonymy and delineates it from other referential ambiguities such as homonymy and polysemy. The chapter reviews experimental evidence from real-time processing, acquisition, and language disorder and illustrates that discrete cognitive processes are involved in the constitution of extended meanings. It presents a classification of referential ambiguities based on neurocognitive profiles and suggests that the different types of ambiguities may be linked to the diachronic development of meaning alternations.

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Schumacher, Petra
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-376913
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198791768.013.25
Title of Book: The Oxford Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics
Page Range: pp. 315-330
Date: 2019
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 1: Kunstgeschichte, Musikwissenschaft, Medienkultur und Theater, Linguistik, IDH > Institut für Linguistik
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Refereed: Yes


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