A1 Journal article – refereed
Analogy or Conceptual Metaphor? Coming Concretely and Abstractly Close in Uses of the Russian Prefix pod-

List of Authors: Viimaranta Johanna
Publication year: 2012
Journal: SKY Journal of Linguistics
Number in series: 2012
Volume number: 25
Issue number: 2012
ISSN: 1456-8438
eISSN: 1456-8438

This article discusses the notion of analogy as compared to conceptual metaphor and how the theoretical difference between the two affects the way in which the different meanings of polysemic linguistic units are seen to be related. This is illustrated through the meanings of concrete approaching and abstract approaching that the Russian prefix pod- adds to a verb stem. On the basis of the analysis it is claimed that the notion of analogy alone is not enough, as abstract approaching is not only an extension of the meaning of concrete approaching but includes features that can be explained only by the cooperation of both domains. It is suggested that this kind of approach will also be applicable in discussing the polysemy of other verbal prefixes.

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