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What is a conventional metonymy?

 

Definition
 

A conventional metonymy is a metonymy that is commonly used in everyday language in a culture to give structure to some portion of that culture’s conceptual system.

Examples (English)
 
  • The understanding of a reference to the face as standing for the whole person

    Example:

    We need some new faces around here.

  • The understanding of a reference to the physiological response of increased body heat as standing for anger

    Example:

    Don’t gethot under the collar.

 
See also:

Conventional metonymies in English for many more examples.

Source
 

Lakoff, G. and Johnson 1980 35–36, 38, 66, 139


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