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date: 14 October 2019

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This article explores the idea of conceptual metonymy from the field of cognitive linguistics by focusing on some of the language of praise in the Psalms. It first considers metaphor and metonymy in cognitive linguistics and argues that metonymy shapes the language and concepts of praise in the Psalms. It then shows the presence of metonymy in the Psalter’s praise language at the conceptual and lexical levels. It also looks at the objects of the most common verbs of praise and demonstrates that the divine name is a common metonymy for Yahweh. In addition, it considers some subjects of praise and shows that the mouth is a frequent metonymy for the worshipping speaker. The article also analyzes metonymy in the semantics of the two most common nouns for praise in the Psalter: tĕhillâ and tôdâ. Tôdâ possesses three different senses in the Psalms and means “thanksgiving,” which appears seven times in the Psalms compared to “sacrifice” which occurs four times.

Keywords: metonymy, cognitive linguistics, praise, Psalms, metaphor, Psalter, t?hillâ, tôdâ, thanksgiving, sacrifice

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