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What is a conventional metonymy?



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


    We need some new faces around here.

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


    Don’t gethot under the collar.

See also:

Conventional metonymies in English for many more examples.


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

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