O skradzionych Kossakach, zdemontowanych Stalinach (oraz psach wzrokowcach)
ON STOLEN KOSSAKS, DISASSEMBLED STALINS (AND VISUALIZER DOGS)
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More and more often in contemporary linguistics there is talk of secondary uses of proper names, which we observe in sentences of the type “I bought two Kossaks” (paintings done by Kossak). An important question is establishing whether units of this type are still proper names. The change in function of a proper name from onymic to metonymic is accompanied by changes in inflectional basis which may influence the establishment of grammatical gender. The goal of this article is an attempt to answer the question of the character of changes that occur in anthroponyms used secondarily in metonymic function. Superficial analysis leads to the conclusion that the value of the gender category undergoes change. Inasmuch as such an interpretation would bring with it consequences too far-reaching, it is assumed in this work that the changes have an operatory character. A similar consideration is proposed in interpretation of nouns for masculine persons of the type alkoholik [alcoholic], wzrokowiec [visualizer], and in the combinations psy alkoholiki [alcoholic dogs], psy wzrokowce [visualizer dogs].
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