On multiple metonymic mappings in signed languages
Abstract The paper adopts the framework of contemporary Cognitive Linguistics, which assumes that language provides access to the human conceptual system and that many concepts are based on metaphor and metonymy (Lakoff and Johnson, 1980, 1999; Lakoff, 1987; Langacker, 1987, 1993; Taylor, 1989). The analysis focuses on multiple metonymic mappings underlying simple and compound signs from three unrelated languages: American, British, and Polish. In the signs referring to individual entities, multiple metonymies function only on the level of articulation. In the signs denoting categories, the articulation-level metonymies precede the metonymies related to category structure.