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Plastic Glasses and Church Fathers: Semantic Extension from the Ethnoscience Tradition / Edition 1
     

Plastic Glasses and Church Fathers: Semantic Extension from the Ethnoscience Tradition / Edition 1

by David Kronenfeld, Kronenfeld
 

ISBN-10: 0195094085

ISBN-13: 9780195094084

Pub. Date: 04/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Meaning seems to shift from context to context; how do we know when someone says "grab a chair" that an ottoman or orange crate will do, but when someone says "let's buy a chair," they won't? Somehow, in spite of this slipperiness, we usually understand each other in conversations, and have straightforward ways of querying each other when we

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Meaning seems to shift from context to context; how do we know when someone says "grab a chair" that an ottoman or orange crate will do, but when someone says "let's buy a chair," they won't? Somehow, in spite of this slipperiness, we usually understand each other in conversations, and have straightforward ways of querying each other when we sense a gap in understanding. We seem capable of using ordinary language to communicate with as much precision as we are willing to take the time and effort for—through attention to interactive feedback, and the use of paraphrastic modification, specification, and explication.

In Plastic Glasses and Church Fathers, Kronenfeld offers a theory that explains both the usefulness of language's variability of reference and the mechanisms which enable us to understand each other in spite of the variability. His theory is rooted in the tradition of ethnoscience (or cognitive anthropology), a tradition which promotes an ethnography of explicit methodology and mathematically precise theory while remaining responsive to the complexity of particular cultures. Kronenfeld accomplishes three things with his theory. First, he distinguishes prototypic referents from extended referents. Second, he describes the various bases of semantic extensions. Finally he details how we use the situational context of usage, the linguistic context of opposition and inclusion, and the conceptual context of knowledge about the world to interpret communicative events.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195094084
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Series:
Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics Series , #3
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.73(d)

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