Aspects of Meaning Construction

Aspects of Meaning Construction

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Meaning does not reside in linguistic units but is constructed in the minds of the language users. Meaning construction is an on-line mental activity whereby speech participants create meanings on the basis of underspecified linguistic units. The construction of meaning is guided by cognitive principles. The contributions collected in the volume focus on two types of cognitive principles guiding meaning construction: meaning construction by means of metonymy and metaphor, and meaning construction by means of mental spaces and conceptual blending. The papers in the former group survey experiential evidence of figurative meaning construction and discuss high-level metaphor and metonymy, the role of metonymy in discourse, the chaining of metonymies, metonymy as an alternative to coercion, and metaphtonymic meanings of proper names. The papers in the latter group address the issues of meaning construction prompted by personal pronouns, relative clauses, inferential constructions, a€œsort-ofa€ expressions, questions, and the into-causative construction.But these are not the only typical travel instructions indirectly provided by this sentence. The general travel route is also provided (westwards on Interstate 70 from Denver on the route to the Rockies) and the transport means is suggested (a anbsp;...

Title:Aspects of Meaning Construction
Author: Günter Radden, Klaus-Michael Köpcke, Thomas Berg, Peter Siemund
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2007-04-11

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