Polysemy: Flexible Patterns of Meaning in Mind and Language

Polysemy: Flexible Patterns of Meaning in Mind and Language

by Brigitte Nerlich
     
 

ISBN-10: 3110176165

ISBN-13: 9783110176162

Pub. Date: 08/10/2003

Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

About fifty years ago, Stephen Ullmann wrote that polysemy is 'the pivot of semantic analysis'. Fifty years on, polysemy has become one of the hottest topics in linguistics and in the cognitive sciences at large. The book deals with the topic from a wide

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About fifty years ago, Stephen Ullmann wrote that polysemy is 'the pivot of semantic analysis'. Fifty years on, polysemy has become one of the hottest topics in linguistics and in the cognitive sciences at large. The book deals with the topic from a wide variety of viewpoints. The cognitive approach is supplemented and supported by diachronic, psycholinguistic, developmental, comparative, and computational perspectives. The chapters, written by some of the most eminent specialists in the field, are all underpinned by detailed discussions of methodology and theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110176162
Publisher:
De Gruyter Mouton
Publication date:
08/10/2003
Series:
Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] Series, #142
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of contributors
Polysemy and flexibility: introduction and overview3
Cognitive models of polysemy31
Polysemy: past and present49
Polysemy and conceptual blending79
Reconsidering prepositional polysemy networks: the case of over95
Polysemy as flexible meaning: experiments with English get and Finnish pitaa161
Metonymic polysemy and its place in meaning extension195
Polysemy in derivational affixes217
The role of links and/or qualia in modifier-head constructions233
Polysemy and bleaching253
Polysemy in the lexicon and in discourse267
Irony in conversation: salience, role, and context effects297
Young children's and adults' use of figurative language: how important are cultural and linguistic influences?317
Emerging patterns and evolving polysemies: the acquisition of get between four and ten years333
"I don't believe in word senses"361
Senses and texts393
Index411

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