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Metonymic proper names: mass nouns and/or count nouns? The case of Zlatan in French and Swedish
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages, Romance Languages.
2016 (English)In: Langue française (Paris. 1969), ISSN 0023-8368, E-ISSN 1957-7982, no 190, 121-136 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

This study deals with the constructions faire du Hollande / Sarkozy / Zlatan, etc. in French, and gora en Zlatan / Bergman / Obama / Foppa, etc. ("to do a Zlatan / Bergman / ...') in Swedish. The direct object of the verb faire is a partitive NP whose head is a proper name, while the object of gora is a singular indefinite NP. In both cases, the proper names are metonymic with a qualitative reading, referring to actions or behaviour. The interest is focussed on how the formal mass/count distinction of the proper name constructions influences on their use and interpretation. The question of pluralisation and gender of the proper name in Swedish will also be discussed.

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2016. no 190, 121-136 p.
Keyword [en]
metonymic proper name, mass/count, partitive/individuative, contrastive analysis
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Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-301051ISI: 000380087400009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-301051DiVA: diva2:953238
Available from: 2016-08-17 Created: 2016-08-17 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved

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