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Metonymy: Hidden Shortcuts in Language, Thought and Communication

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'Metonymy' is a type of figurative language used in everyday conversation, a form of shorthand that allows us to use our shared knowledge to communicate with fewer words than we would otherwise need. 'I'll pencil you in' and 'let me give you a hand' are both examples of metonymic language. Metonymy serves a wide range of communicative functions such as textual cohesion, humour, irony, euphemism and hyperbole - all of which play a key role in the development of language and discourse communities. Using authentic data ...

Metonymy: Hidden Shortcuts in Language, Thought and Communication 2015, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107043626

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