Metonymical object changes: a corpus-oriented study on Dutch and German

Author: Josefien Sweep
LOT Number: 309
ISBN: 978-94-6093-091-1
Pages: 381
Year: 2012
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METONYMICALOBJECTCHANGES Acorpus ‐ orientedstudyonDutchandGerman Linguistshavebecomeawarethatmetonymyisnotjustacontiguity ‐ basedfigureofspeechbutthat itisapervasivecognitive ‐ linguisticmechanismwhichinfluencesdifferentlinguisticlevels.This linguisticinsightisreflectedinDutchandGermandictionaries , whichusemetonymy ‐ tags , formany examples , formanysensesandformanywordcombinations , suchasverbsthatcanbecombined withdifferenttypesofdirectobjects.Aspecificlabelusedforthelastphenomenonis objectsverwisselingorObjektsvertauschung , whichcouldbetranslatedasMetonymicalObject Change ( MOC ) . MOCsarebetterknowninlinguisticsastransitivelocativealternations , material ‐ productalternations andinstancesoflogicalmetonymy.Thisdissertationanalysesthesethreetypesofargument alternationsasmetonymy ‐ based.Thefocusoftheanalysisisthereforeonthecontiguityrelation betweenthedifferentpossibledirectobjects.Inallcases , itisthisrelationwhichunderliesand restrictsthepossibilityofchangingadirectobject . AqualitativeanalysisofcorpusdataisusedtoexamineMOCsinDutchandGerman.Thismakesthis studycorpus ‐ oriented.TheinterpretationofMOCsismodelledinaframesemanticapproach . ThisdissertationnotonlyexaminesandclarifiestheconceptofMOCbyanalysingalargenumberof data ‐ whichcouldbeusefulfromalexicographicalperspective ‐ , butitalsoprovidestheoretical insightsintothephenomenonofmetonymyingeneral .

METONYMICALOBJECTCHANGES Acorpus ‐ orientedstudyonDutchandGerman Linguistshavebecomeawarethatmetonymyisnotjustacontiguity ‐ basedfigureofspeechbutthat itisapervasivecognitive ‐ linguisticmechanismwhichinfluencesdifferentlinguisticlevels.This linguisticinsightisreflectedinDutchandGermandictionaries , whichusemetonymy ‐ tags , formany examples , formanysensesandformanywordcombinations , suchasverbsthatcanbecombined withdifferenttypesofdirectobjects.Aspecificlabelusedforthelastphenomenonis objectsverwisselingorObjektsvertauschung , whichcouldbetranslatedasMetonymicalObject Change ( MOC ) . MOCsarebetterknowninlinguisticsastransitivelocativealternations , material ‐ productalternations andinstancesoflogicalmetonymy.Thisdissertationanalysesthesethreetypesofargument alternationsasmetonymy ‐ based.Thefocusoftheanalysisisthereforeonthecontiguityrelation betweenthedifferentpossibledirectobjects.Inallcases , itisthisrelationwhichunderliesand restrictsthepossibilityofchangingadirectobject . AqualitativeanalysisofcorpusdataisusedtoexamineMOCsinDutchandGerman.Thismakesthis studycorpus ‐ oriented.TheinterpretationofMOCsismodelledinaframesemanticapproach . ThisdissertationnotonlyexaminesandclarifiestheconceptofMOCbyanalysingalargenumberof data ‐ whichcouldbeusefulfromalexicographicalperspective ‐ , butitalsoprovidestheoretical insightsintothephenomenonofmetonymyingeneral .

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