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A textual perspective on referential metonymy

Fontaine, Lise 2019. A textual perspective on referential metonymy. Estudios de Lingüística Aplicada 37 (70) , pp. 199-225. 10.22201/enallt.01852647p.2019.70.963

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Within the field of Systemic Function-al Linguistics (sfl), metonymy has not attracted much attention in comparison to other approaches such as cognitive linguistics where it has a more impor-tant place. This paper aims to exam-ine referential metonymy from the per-spective of the sfl framework and to offer a theoretical argument for how it can be accounted for within existing sfl constructs. The main idea pursued here is that referential metonymy, as a type of indirect encoding of meaning, might be best accounted for in terms of incongruency. Bringing together per-spectives from outside sfl and draw-ing on Martin’s (1992) identificationsystem, I make the case for referential metonymy to be interpreted in terms of textual grammatical metaphor due to the atypical referential mappings and the blended semantics construed by these expressions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
ISSN: 0185-2647
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 July 2019
Date of Acceptance: 21 May 2019
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 14:02

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