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2013 | 47 | 93-111
Article title

The Polysemy of Body Part Terms in Hausa within the Frame of Image Schemas

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Body part-terms have been identified as a productive source of figurative lexical meanings as well as grammatical meanings (Heine, et al. 1991). The paper adopts descriptive lexical semantics as a model of approach. This paves the way to examine the relationships that exist between different interpretations of words. Virtually, every language exhibits rich set of semantic extensions of body part-terms, highlighting the importance of the human body for lexical and grammatical structure (Lakoff and Johnson, 1980). Most meaning extensions of body part-terms can be shown to have a clear motivation through either metaphor or metonymy, as has been argued in many studies before (Allan, 1995). The paper provides a rich inventory of body part-terms in Hausa and interprets the variety of their meanings in terms of conceptualization patterns.
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47
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93-111
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2013-12-10
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  • Bayero University, Kano
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0860-4649
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bwmeta1.element.desklight-747e617a-a0ce-4f19-af3a-5bc4d4821e47
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