Generating New Meanings Through Metonymy in Colombian Slang (Parlache)

  • Juan Manuel Pérez Sánchez Universidad de Antioquia
Keywords: lexicology, slang, semantic change, metonymy, parlache


Taking into consideration the impact that semantic change has on slang, we analyse the role metonymy plays as a mechanism for generating new meanings in the youth slang of Medellín (Colombia), also known as parlache. As a starting point, the concepts “slang” and “metonymy” are delimited. Following these clarifications, a sample of twelve argotic meanings generated through metonymic processes of existing units is analysed. The results obtained after the analysis evidence tendencies in the use of certain types of metonymy within the sample. Likewise, tendencies in the choice of source concepts seem to be based on universal cognitive principles such as “typical over non-typical,” “bodily over mental,” and “concrete over abstract,” among others.

Received: 29-08-08/ Accepted: 04-12-08

How to reference this article:

Perez Sanchez, J. M. (2009). Generación de nuevos significados, mediante la metonimia, en el parlache. Íkala. 14(1), pp.13-35.

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Author Biography

Juan Manuel Pérez Sánchez, Universidad de Antioquia
Juan Manuel Pérez Sánchez es magíster en Traducción de la Universidad Kent State (Estados Unidos), candidato a doctor en Ciencias del lenguaje y lingüística aplicada en la Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, España), y profesor asistente de la Escuela de Idiomas de la Universidad de Antioquia.
How to Cite
Pérez SánchezJ. M. (2009). Generating New Meanings Through Metonymy in Colombian Slang (Parlache). Íkala, 14(1), 13-35. Retrieved from
Empirical Studies