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Linguistics, Vol.4 No.1 September 2003. -

In this paper we present lexical data documenting the interaction of metonymy,

metaphor, and iconicity in two signed languages, American

Sign Language ASL and Catalan Sign Language LSC. The basis of

our analysis is the recognition that metonymy, metaphor, and iconicity

all represent mappings across domains within a conceptual system. This

framework also permits us to incorporate the form of signs, their phonological

pole, as a region in conceptual space. The data examined exemplify

several basic metonymies such as ACTION FOR INSTRUMENT and

PROTOTYPICAL ACTION FOR ACTIVITY. We also examine cases in which

gesture plays a role in metonymy. One area in which metonymy is quite

extensively used in signed languages is in the creation of name signs.

We explore various types of name signs and the metonymies involved

in each. Finally, we examine two case studies of the complex interaction

of metonymy, metaphor, and iconicity: the ASL epithet THINKHEARING,

and the LSC signs expressing the acquisition of ideas as

IDEAS ARE LIQUID and knowledge as MIND IS A TORSO. We conclude

that the deep interplay of metonymy, metaphor, and iconicity, as well

as their cultural contextuality, requires that they be understood as conceptual

space mappings.

signed languages; metonymy; metaphor; iconicity; gesture



Author: Sherman Wilcox - ; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Phyllis Perrin Wilcox - ; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Maria Jo

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