Semantic Relations in the Phenomenon of Syllepsis
GRIN Verlag, 2007 - 56 sidor
Seminar paper from the year 2003 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1- (A-), University of Cologne (English Seminar), course: Hauptseminar Studies in English Semantics, language: English, abstract: This paper aims at investigating the linguistic phenomenon of syllepsis, which is done at three stages. First, the linguistic mechanisms of ambiguity, on which syllepsis is based, are described and their communicative effect is hinted at. Further, zeugma is presented in short as an adjoining figure. Finally, syntactic and semantic varieties of syllepsis are approached with a closer look at the latter. Semantic syllepsis presents the core of this investigation and the word which governs the elliptic parallel construction is elaborated upon. Punning, as the communicative effect of syllepsis, is discussed in great detail. A broader definition of syllepsis following from this exposé is given at the end and is invigorated by a comparison to film montage.
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ambiguities in Type ambiguity functions ambiguous sentence ambiguous word bracket called syllepsis chocolate bars communicative effect complicated zeugma conjunction coordinate construction Cruse defined different meanings direct object disparate meanings driving licence expired Eisenstein ellipsis expired last Thursday figure of speech foreground grammatical ambiguity grammatical error grammatical homonymy hinge homonymy and polysemy homophones inflexion interpretation investigation James Joyce Kempson Kooij Kooji lexical ambiguity lexical word licence expired last linguistic Lyons Man’s mortal crime metaphorical Metonymy modifier multiplicity of meaning nondisambiguational noun phrase nurse Othello paronomasia plural poetic language polysemous word predicate prepositional phrases present produce a humorous quoted in Leech quoted in Wales reader’s Redfern relatedness rhetoric figure satiric effect semantic features Semantic syllepsis semanticists sense cf sentence containing sentence John Shakespeare similar sound form source of ambiguity struktura subcategory of syllepsis subject to death subjects or objects syntactic functions tense took a turn Total homonymy types of ambiguity verb