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Eponymy and life-narratives: The effect of foregrounding on proper names
Kim-yiu S. Pang
Source PublicationJournal of Pragmatics

Although the primary function of a proper name (PN) is to uniquely identify an individual, it can also be used to make attributivecomments on individuals other than the PN-referent, e.g.,Singapore is the Manhattan of Asia. Grammatically, eponyms can exhibitpluralization, modification, and in/definiteness contrast. This paper is concerned with eponymy in English, including paragonnames, eponymic verbal nouns and denominal verbs, and denominal adjectives.

In terms of the partitioned-narrative model of the self, a PN provides access to the totality of its referent’s life-narratives availableto the language-user. It is these life-narratives and their partitioned-representational nature which enable the PN’s eponymicbehaviors: one of the PN-referent’s life-narratives is focused on to such an extent that the PN is used to designate this one life-narrative instead. This is the effect of foregrounding, and the life-narrative in focus constitutes the cognitive basis of eponymy, atype of metonymy.

KeywordProper Name Eponymy Partitioned-narrative Model Of The Self Foregrounding Metonymy Analogy Active Zone
Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
WOS Research AreaLinguistics
WOS SubjectLinguistics ; Language & Linguistics
WOS IDWOS:000276861000011
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Corresponding AuthorKim-yiu S. Pang
AffiliationUniversity of Macau, Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities, Department of English,Av. Padre Toma ́s Pereira, Taipa, Macao SAR
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Social Sciences
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Social Sciences
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Kim-yiu S. Pang. Eponymy and life-narratives: The effect of foregrounding on proper names[J]. Journal of Pragmatics,2010,42(5):1321-1349.
APA Kim-yiu S. Pang.(2010).Eponymy and life-narratives: The effect of foregrounding on proper names.Journal of Pragmatics,42(5),1321-1349.
MLA Kim-yiu S. Pang."Eponymy and life-narratives: The effect of foregrounding on proper names".Journal of Pragmatics 42.5(2010):1321-1349.
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