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How Words Mean: Lexical Concepts, Cognitive Models, and Meaning Construction
     

How Words Mean: Lexical Concepts, Cognitive Models, and Meaning Construction

by Kathy Gude
 

ISBN-10: 0199234663

ISBN-13: 9780199234660

Pub. Date: 11/23/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

How Words Mean introduces a new approach to the role of words and other linguistic units in the construction of meaning. It does so by addressing the interaction between non-linguistic concepts and the meanings encoded in language. It develops an account of how words are understood when we produce and hear language in situated contexts of use. It proposes two

Overview

How Words Mean introduces a new approach to the role of words and other linguistic units in the construction of meaning. It does so by addressing the interaction between non-linguistic concepts and the meanings encoded in language. It develops an account of how words are understood when we produce and hear language in situated contexts of use. It proposes two theoretical constructs, the lexical concept and the cognitive model. These are central to the accounts of lexical representation and meaning construction developed, giving rise to the Theory of Lexical Concepts and Cognitive Models (or LCCM Theory).

Vyvyan Evans integrates and advances recent developments in cognitive science, particularly in cognitive linguistics and cognitive psychology. He builds a framework for the understanding and analysis of meaning that is at once descriptively adequate and psychologically plausible. In so doing he also addresses current issues in lexical semantics and semantic compositionality, polysemy, figurative language, and the semantics of time and space, and writes in a way that will be accessible to students of linguistics and cognitive science at advanced undergraduate level and above.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199234660
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/23/2009
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction
1. Words and Meaning
2. Towards a New Account of Word Meaning
3. Cognitive Linguistics
4. Word Meaning in LCCM Theory
Part II Lexical Representation
5. Symbolic Units
6. Semantic Structure
7. Lexical Concepts
8. Polysemy
9. Conceptual Structure
10. Cognitive Models
Part III Compositional Semantics
11. Lexical Concept Selection
12. Lexical Concept Integration
13. Interpretation
Part IV Figurative Language and Thought
14. Metaphor and Metonymy
15. The Semantics of Time
Part V Conclusions
16. LCCM Theory in Context
References
Index

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