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Metonymic organization of self - the case of illeisms

Gradečak-Erdeljić, Tanja
Metonymic organization of self - the case of illeisms // The 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Book of Abstracts
Newcastle, UK, 2015. (predavanje, nije recenziran, sažetak, znanstveni)

Metonymic organization of self - the case of illeisms

Gradečak-Erdeljić, Tanja

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Sažeci sa skupova, sažetak, znanstveni

The 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Book of Abstracts / - Newcastle, UK, 2015

ICLC 13 - The 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference

Mjesto i datum
Newcastle, UK, 20. - 25. 7. 2015

Vrsta sudjelovanja

Vrsta recenzije
Nije recenziran

Ključne riječi
Metonymy; illeisms; personal name

In the context of public discourse a phenomenon of illesims has not been properly tackled, although they present an interesting piece of evidence of how language offers a straightforward link to the structure of the human mind. Often considered to be a breach of social etiquette and conventional communicational patterns, cases of referring to one's self by using one's own name or a third person singular pronoun form is usually classified as a stylistic device used to create a mental leap in the process of referring to the person using an illeism and the potential pool of concepts associated with that person. Both public and private discourse offer a great variety of illeisms (e.g. motherese, honorifics), but we are interested in the cases when the use of proper names is the evidence of speakers' view of their own psyche, in Lacanian* terms. For Lacan, the structures of the human psyche are linguistic in nature, and consist of metaphor and metonymy. We shall pursue his idea in order to research the use of proper names, mostly so called binomialism -- uses of FN+LN (first name plus last name, Zwicky 2007) to denote one of the possible functions or roles the named person takes. Our preliminary research of the public discourse in Croatian media has shown that there is a specific profile of people, more or less familiar to the wider audience, who has a specific discourse style when they use their names to refer to themselves. Typically, they switch between the use of 'I' and 'we', crossing the border line between the individual self and collective self quite freely, but the use of their own names or even of the common noun denoting their professional capacity or function ('mayor', 'director') is symptomatic in terms of facilitating the creation of a figurative class of distinct individuals having some specific, usually socially desirable property. Another interesting point is that the use of pronouns in the third person singular, as might be assumed to be the prototypical use of pronouns in the case of a proper name, is most frequently stalled and thus the issue of the nature of proper names is once again raised (cf. Cruse, 2000, Kripke 1972/1980). Working in the framework proposed by Panther and Radden (1999), we shall research more closely how The Direct-Reference ICM and referential metonymy influence the use of illeisms and the role of pronouns in the process of activation of specific domains within this ICM. Rather similar to the general metonymic reclassification of proper into common nouns, we propose that here instead of the ICM which allows for more than one individual to be given the same name, as suggested by Barcelona (2003, 2004), those speakers create a personal ICM of their selves where they assign more or less importance to their personality features or public images, as very frequently is the case, with clearly delineated parts of the personality they want to represent by using their names. Here, again, we take the position of the pragmatic function (Barcelona 2002, 2011) metonymy has in linking the source and the target domain within the same functional domain represented in the complex structure of self a person may have and reveal the organizational force of metonymy in the process of shaping the individual's view of reality and omnipotence as defense.

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Projekt / tema
122-1301049-0606 - Kognitivno lingvistički pristup polisemiji u hrvatskome i drugim jezicima (Mario Brdar, )

Filozofski fakultet, Osijek

Autor s matičnim brojem:
Tanja Gradeč, (254695)