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Polysemy and Proper Names
Polysemy and Proper Names

Author(s): Aleksandra S. Aleksandrova
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Applied Linguistics, Cognitive linguistics, Descriptive linguistics, Philology
Published by: Шуменски университет »Епископ Константин Преславски«
Keywords: proper names; polysemy; metonymy; context;

Summary/Abstract: Polysemy is the ability of a language entity to have more than one meaning. Proper names are traditionally considered arbitrary. They denote a particular person, place or thing and do not have a semantic meaning of their own. In some cases, through the use of metaphor and metonymy, they can denote different entities, thus becoming polysemous, i. e. having more than one meaning or more than one referent. However, the different meanings that can be displayed are determined by the context in which they appear.

  • Issue Year: 1/2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 6-13
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English, Bulgarian