Morphosyntactic Alternations in English - Functional and Cognitive Perspectives - Pilar Guerrero Medina

Morphosyntactic Alternations in English - Functional and Cognitive Perspectives - Pilar Guerrero Medina

12. Metonymy-motivated morphosyntactic alternations

Morphosyntactic Alternations in English - Functional and Cognitive Perspectives - Pilar Guerrero Medina

Antonio Barcelona Sánchez
University of Córdoba

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This chapter by Antonio Barcelona Sánchez argues for the role of conceptual metonymy as a crucial motivating factor in some instances of the three main types of morphosyntactic alternations which, in the author’s view, can be discerned: (i) the conventional pairing of a basic form with more than one basic constructional meaning; (ii) the conventional pairing of a basic constructional meaning with more than one uninflected form; and (iii) the model-variant relationship of two constructions within the same network. Instances from the following morphosyntactic areas are discussed: suffixal derivation, conversion, abbreviatory lexical forms and ellipsis, and syntactic constructions.

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Barcelona Sánchez, Antonio. 12. Metonymy-motivated morphosyntactic alternations. Morphosyntactic Alternations in English - Functional and Cognitive Perspectives. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 294 - 315 Sep 2011. ISBN 9781845537449. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=20320. Date accessed: 20 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.20320. Sep 2011

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