Patterns of Imagery in Language
Edited By Marek Kuźniak, Agnieszka Libura and Michał Szawerna
Ethnic and gender stereotypes in signed languages: A cognitive linguistic view
Krzysztof Kosecki University of Łódź
The paper discusses stereotypes of ethnic and gender identities reflected in American, British, and Polish signed languages. The analysis adopts the framework of contemporary cognitive linguistics, especially the theories of conceptual metaphor, metonymy, and prototype-based categorisation (Lakoff & Johnson 1980, 1999; Lakoff 1987, 1993; Radden & Kövecses 1999; Rosch 1978). The signs either involve metonymic chains (Fass 1997) of varied complexity, based on metonymies related to articulation and categorisation, or various forms of metaphtonymy (Goossens 1990).
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