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

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Overview

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? 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. Kronenfeld's theory, rooted in the tradition of ethnoscience (or cognitive anthropology), accomplishes three things. First, it distinguishes prototypic referents from extended referents. Second, it describes the various bases of semantic extensions. Finally it 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195094084
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics Series , #3
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kronenfeld is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside.

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Table of Contents

1 Overview 3
2 Intellectual Context of the Theory 14
3 Saussurean Roots, Structural Linguistics, and Basic Concepts 31
4 Defining Structures - Taxonomies and Componential Paradigms 47
5 Componential Analysis: The English Kinterms Example 55
6 Conjunctivity 73
7 Marking 89
8 Information Processing Limits 114
9 Prior Extensionist Work 147
10 The Theory 171
11 Examples 197
12 Toward a Theory of the Semantics of Words 232
Appendix: Piagetian Schemas 237
Bibliography 243
Index 253
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