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A Linguist’s ‘Platypus Moment’: Proper Nouns as Means of Conceptualizing Events in Contemporary American English

The Humanities and Social Sciences Review. 2019. Vol. 9. No. 1. P. 23-33.

The paper deals with the collocations of the Proper Noun + ‘moment’ type which are becoming increasingly popular in American English as means of conceptualizing events and experiences. The paper considers the semantic properties of the noun moment which account for its use in the constructions under study. It further describes the conceptual mechanisms that underly this type of coinages and identifies the semantic features that these collocations share. Finally, it lists groups of proper nouns that are most commonly used in them, traces the origins of some collocations, and discusses the degree of their conventionalization in speech.