MOCs are better known in linguistics as transitive locative alternations, material- product alternations and instances of logical metonymy. This dissertation analyses these three types of argument alternations as metonymy-based. The focus of the analysis is therefore on the contiguity relation between the different possible direct objects. In all cases, it is this relation which underlies and restricts the possibility of changing a direct object.
A qualitative analysis of corpus data is used to examine MOCs in Dutch and German. This makes this study corpus-oriented. The interpretation of MOCs is modelled in a frame semantic approach.
This dissertation not only examines and clarifies the concept of MOC by analysing a large number of data - which could be useful from a lexicographical perspective - but it also provides theoretical insights into the phenomenon of metonymy in general.
Research conducted at: Universiteit van Amsterdam
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