Metonymy: Hidden Shortcuts in Language, Thought and Communication (Cambridge Studies in Cognitive Linguistics)

Metonymy: Hidden Shortcuts in Language, Thought and Communication (Cambridge Studies in Cognitive Linguistics)

Jeannette Littlemore


'Metonymy' is a kind of figurative language utilized in daily dialog, a kind of shorthand that permits us to exploit our shared wisdom to speak with fewer phrases than we might another way desire. 'I'll pencil you in' and 'let me offer you a hand' are either examples of metonymic language. Metonymy serves a variety of communicative features comparable to textual team spirit, humour, irony, euphemism and hyperbole - all of which play a key function within the improvement of language and discourse groups. utilizing actual facts all through, this booklet indicates how metonymy operates, not only in language, but in addition in gesture, signal language, paintings, song, movie and advertisements. It explores the position of metonymy in cross-cultural verbal exchange, in addition to the demanding situations it provides to language newbies and translators. excellent for researchers and scholars in linguistics and literature, in addition to lecturers and common readers drawn to the artwork of conversation.

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