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Aspects of the Figurative Meaning of Proper Noun

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2007, 23(), pp.137-158
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Lee dong hyeok 1 LeeJongyeol 2

1부산교육대학교
2대구교육대학교

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ABSTRACT

Lee, Dong-hyeok & Lee, Jong-yeol. 2007. Aspects of the Figurative Meaning of Proper Noun. Korean Semantics 22. The purpose of this paper is to explain aspects of the figurative meaning of the proper noun. It is argued that metaphor and metonymy can be considered a continuum with respect to a cognitive mapping. Metonymy is a cognitive processing mechanism emphasizing the co-reference use, in which two cognitive domains make an unique correspondence to each other. On the other hand, metaphor is a cognitive processing mechanism emphasizing the predicative use, in which two cognitive domains corresponds systematically to each other. Metaphor and metonymy as mentioned above consist of both end of the continuum. Metaphor used referentially and metonymy used predicatively are in the middle of the continuum. The figurative meanings of proper noun are representative case showing the aspects in the middle of continuum. The figurative proper nouns have a typically metonymic meaning. In some cases, however, they take place as a result of interaction between metaphor and metonymy.

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