On Invectives in Natural Language: A Panchronic Study of English Synonyms of ‘Skinny'/‘Fatty' by Agnieszka GrzaskoOn Invectives in Natural Language: A Panchronic Study of English Synonyms of ‘Skinny'/‘Fatty' by Agnieszka Grzasko

On Invectives in Natural Language: A Panchronic Study of English Synonyms of ‘Skinny…

byAgnieszka Grzasko

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The author researches selected synonyms of ‘skinny’ and ‘fatty’ in the history of the English language from the perspective of cognitive linguistics. The method employed in grouping the analytical material has been dictated by the nature of the processes of semantic change. The author subdivided the quantum of the analysed lexical items into the following type-groups: zoosemy (animal metaphor), foodsemy (food metaphor), plantosemy (plant metaphor), metonymy, reification, eponymy, onomatopoeia, rhyming slang and varia. Surveying a collection of English dictionaries the author makes an attempt to determine the status of a given synonym in present-day English.

Agnieszka Grzasko graduated from the University of Rzeszów (Polish and English Studies) and the Jagiellonian University, Poland. She received her PhD degree in linguistics from the University of Rzeszów. Her academic interests include diachronic linguistics, cognitive semantics and the language of flirtation.
Title:On Invectives in Natural Language: A Panchronic Study of English Synonyms of ‘Skinny…Format:HardcoverDimensions:8.5 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:December 14, 2016Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Insults in human’s life – Cognitive approach – ‘Fatty’/‘Skinny’ synonyms in the history of English – Stereotypes – Animals and humans – Food and humans – Plants and humans – Meaning shifts – Cultural and linguistic nature of the ‘skinny’/‘fatty’ opposition