Metaphoric extension and invited inferencing in semantic change

Sullivan, Karen (2007) Metaphoric extension and invited inferencing in semantic change. Cultura, Lenguaje y Representación, 5 255-271.

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Author Sullivan, Karen
Title Metaphoric extension and invited inferencing in semantic change
Journal name Cultura, Lenguaje y Representación   Check publisher's open access policy
Translated journal name Culture, Language and Representation
Language of Journal Name spa
ISSN 1697-7750
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 5
Start page 255
End page 271
Total pages 17
Place of publication Castellon, Spain
Publisher Universitat Jaume I Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Two models of semantic change, metaphoric extension (cf. Sweetser 1990) and invited inferencing (Traugott and Dasher 2002), have been offered as explanations for changes such as “see” > “know/understand”. In this paper, I show that while either model works for some changes, each model can explain changes that the other cannot. Metaphoric extension and invited inferencing can therefore be considered as two types of change rather than two competing theories. I furthermore suggest that changes such as “see” > “know/understand” occur when metaphoric extension and invited inferencing reinforce one another via parallel chaining (a concept adapted from Goossens 2003).

Dos modelos de cambio semántico, la extensión metafórica (Sweetser, 1990) y la inferencia invitada (Traugott y Dasher, 2002), sirven para explicar cambios como «ver» > «saber/entender». En esta presentación, muestro que los dos modelos funcionan con un grupo determinado de cambios, pero cada modelo puede explicar unos cambios que no puede explicar el otro. Por consiguiente, se consideran la extensión metafórica y la inferencia invitada como dos tipos de cambio antes que dos teorías rivales. Además, sugiero que los cambios como «ver» > «saber/entender» ocurren cuando la extensión metafórica y la inferencia invitada se refuerzan por la parallel chaining (un concepto adaptado de Goossens, 2003)
Keyword Semantic change
Invited inferencing
Primary metaphors
Primary scenes
Parallel chaining
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Metaphor and Discourse

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