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Call for papers for special issue of Style on metonymy (Volume 38, number
Guest editor Gerard Steen of a special issue of Style on metonymy invites
contributions from practitioners of stylistics, linguistics, discourse
analysis, poetics, psychology, and rhetoric on the role of metonymy in
style, language, text, discourse, and thought, literary or non-literary.
In the wake of the recent cognitive turn in metaphor studies, it has now
become metonymy that has been receiving an increased amount of attention
from cognitive linguists, psychologists, and cognitive scientists in
general. Claims are being made that metonymy is even more basic to thought
and language than metaphor, in the sense that there are metonymic
motivations for many conceptual metaphors. Apart from these fundamental
issues, there are many cases where metaphor and metonymy interact with
each other in interesting and intricate ways, both in thought and in
linguistic expression. And an exciting related development is the
emergence of a general theory of conceptual integration, also known as
'blending theory', which promises to offer a consistent and uniform
approach to metonymy, metaphor, and other types of thought and language.
There is hence sufficient reason to publish a sequel special issue of
Style on metonymy, after the special issue on metaphor published as volume
36, number 3 (2002).
One aim of the special issue is to make the new research on metonymy
available to the readership of Style, in order to redress the balance
between metaphor and metonymy. Another aim is to give a decided stylistic
and poetic turn to the wheel of the cognitive research into metonymy and
metaphor alike. It seems as if many of the claims made in cognitive
linguistics were also made in the sixties and seventies by structuralist
and semiotic scholars, including Umberto Eco and Jonathan Culler.
Contributors are invited in particular to consider the interest of these
structuralist and semiotic insights for cognitive linguistics, stylistics,
and poetics, or, the other way around, how contemporary cognitive
approaches to metonymy can add cognitive quality to mainstream methods of
literary text analysis. The special issue is hence hoped to provide a
platform for some innovating interdisciplinary discussion.
All submissions should be 5,000 to 9,000 words. The deadline for
submissions is 1 August 2003. Please submit three copies (MLA style)
accompanied by a 150-word abstract.
Submissions and correspondence should be addressed to Gerard J. Steen, at
gj.steen_at_let.vu.nl , or at Department of English Language and Culture,
Vrije Universiteit, DeBoelelaan 1005, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Style is a refereed journal publishing studies in stylistics, literary
theory, and literary criticism.
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