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Events and Narratives in Language

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Edited By Janusz Badio

This book analyzes events and narratives from the points of view of literature, grammar, discourse, and semantics. The contributors explore the issues related to the ways of portraying stories and their events within a cultural and literary framework. They also examine the role of prefixes in construing events and asymmetries that exist in time-creating event markers from a contrastive perspective. The contributions focus on narrativity as a semantic category, and on how events are described in signed languages. They place the event and narrative categories at the center of interest and their specific goals are pursued by applying different, both qualitative and quantitative, research methods.

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Metaphorical and Metonymic Representations of the Concept of Time in Signed Languages (Krzysztof Kosecki)

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Krzysztof Kosecki

University of Łódź, Poland

Metaphorical and Metonymic Representations of the Concept of Time in Signed Languages

Abstract: The paper argues that signed languages belonging to various families express the concept of time (understood as hours and minutes that pass) either directly in terms of the spatial metaphor or by reference to the clock or watch, which act as metonymic elements within the source domain of the spatial metaphor. Whereas the metaphor-based signs employ the element of a timeline, the more numerous signs that involve the metaphor-metonymy interaction point out to the location of the watch or are iconic of the shape of the clock, the movement of whose mechanism acts as the source domain of the spatial metaphor.

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