Conceptual Metonymy Theory revisited: some definitional and taxonomic issues

  1. Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez
The Routledge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics
  1. Wen Xu (ed. lit.)
  2. John R. Taylor (ed. lit.)

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351034708

Year of publication: 2021

Pages: 204-227

Type: Book chapter

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In Cognitive Linguistics, metonymy was first studied in connection to metaphor. As time went by, scholars began to identify areas of study where metonymy played an independent role too, among them illocution and grammatical conversion. Despite the increasing number of studies, including book-length ones, there is still a pressing need for an integrative framework that levels out the differences among competing accounts. This chapter overviews some major proposals on the nature and scope of metonymy and offers a comprehensive framework capable of integrating previous insights and offering solutions to some of the still problematic aspects of the phenomenon