"The coral of your lips, the stars of your eyes" – the function of the genitive case in a particular kind of genitive metaphor compared to other semantic functions of this case (based on examples in the Polish language)
"The coral of your lips, the stars of your eyes" – the function of the genitive case in a particular kind of genitive metaphor compared to other semantic functions of this case (based on examples in the Polish language)

Author(s): Monika Szymańska
Subject(s): Syntax, Semantics, Western Slavic Languages, Theory of Literature
Published by: Instytut Slawistyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: genitive; semantic function of case; metaphor;

Summary/Abstract: This paper attempts to explicate the meanings of expressions representing a specific type of genitive metaphor — binding two notions by the rule of conventional, surface sameness. This article aims to prove that the genitive function that appears in this kind of expression is part of a general pattern modelling the semantic roles of this case. This pattern presents the genitive as a lingual indicator of the relation between a “smaller range” object and a “larger range” object and explains the essence of the semantic function appearing not only in this particular type of genitive metaphor, but also in structures such as genetivus definitivus.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 18
  • Page Range: 1-6
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English