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Evolving Nature of the English Language

Studies in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics


Edited By Robert Kiełtyka and Agnieszka Uberman

This volume presents a collection of interdisciplinary papers pertaining to the most thought-provoking problems in the areas of both theoretical and applied linguistics. The contributors focus on contemporary developments in morphological, semantic and pragmatic theorizing. The contributions are also devoted to various aspects of the methodology of teaching English as well as some intricacies of translation.

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Verbal Zoosemy Revisited (Robert Kiełtyka)


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Robert Kiełtyka

Verbal Zoosemy Revisited

Abstract: The paper sheds some light on the complexity of the mechanism of zoosemy in relation to its extension into the category VERB. It is devoted to the discussion of the mechanics of metaphor-metonymy interaction couched in terms of the conceptual metaphor theory where animal-related verbs are used with reference to human beings or those qualities and actions that are related to human beings. The language data subject to analysis are collected from a variety of lexicographic sources such as The Oxford English Dictionary and The Historical Thesaurus of English.

Keywords: zoosemy, metaphor, metonymy, animals, human beings

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