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From Conceptual Metaphor Theory to Cognitive Ethnolinguistics

Patterns of Imagery in Language


Marek Kuźniak, Agnieszka Libura and Michał Szawerna

The origins of this volume lie in the international conference Cognitive Linguistics in the Year 2012, convened by the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association. The proceedings of the conference revolved around three major thematic areas: metaphorical and metonymic underpinnings of meaning in language and beyond, prototypical and gradual phenomena pertaining to linguistic categorization across the lexicogrammatical continuum, and the need for advancing theoretical tools. These recurring themes are reflected in the three-part structure of this volume, with contributions from nearly two dozen researchers exploring a broad array of linguistic as well as non-linguistic data.
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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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