Blending in English Charactoons

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Title: Blending in English Charactoons
Authors: Balteiro, Isabel
Research Group/s: Lexicología de los Lenguajes para Fines Específicos y Enseñanza del Léxico (LEXESP) | Lexicología y Lexicografía (LyL)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Keywords: Blending | English Charactoons
Knowledge Area: Filología Inglesa
Issue Date: 13-Dec-2013
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: English Studies. 2013, 94(8): 883-907. doi:10.1080/0013838X.2013.839139
Abstract: This article deals with both the word-formation mechanism of blending and the creative process involved in providing characters with proper names in cartoons or TV series for children in English. The study addresses the nature and features of proper and common names, two apparently well-distinguished categories, as well as, and basically fictional proper names, by suggesting differences between fictional proper names and other types of proper and common names. Furthermore, it discusses the presence of blending in fiction and in fictional proper names, with special reference to charactonyms. The main focus of this work is on blended charactonyms in cartoons addressed to children, which for the purposes of this study will be called cartoonyms or charactoons. Questions such as the following are addressed: the formation or creation of cartoonyms or charactoons from pre-existing material; the semantic motivations behind their formation; their resulting structural complexity; their particularly descriptive, expressive and meaningful nature; as well as how suitable they are to the genre in which they are used.
Sponsor: This work has been carried out with funding provided by the Spanish Ministry of Education, through the 2008-2011 R&D&I National Plan for Human Resources Mobility (Programa Nacional de Movilidad de Recursos Humanos del Plan Nacional de I-D+i 2008-2011) [Grant number: JC2010-0077].
ISSN: 0013-838X (Print) | 1744-4217 (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/0013838X.2013.839139
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2013 Taylor & Francis
Peer Review: si
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