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The Semantics of Polysemy: Reading Meaning in English and Warlpiri
     

The Semantics of Polysemy: Reading Meaning in English and Warlpiri

by Nick Riemer
 

This comparative investigation of the polysemous senses of English and Warlpiri percussion/impact (‛hitting’) verbs lays out a novel approach to the study of polysemy in cognitive linguistics. The book's theoretical chapters develop an interpretative rather than a scientific vision of the activity of semantics, problematizing the conceptualist and

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This comparative investigation of the polysemous senses of English and Warlpiri percussion/impact (‛hitting’) verbs lays out a novel approach to the study of polysemy in cognitive linguistics. The book's theoretical chapters develop an interpretative rather than a scientific vision of the activity of semantics, problematizing the conceptualist and reductive orientations characteristic of many semantic models. The empirical chapters present a typology of the polysemous senses of English and Warlpiri percussion/impact (or P/I) verbs based on just four types of semantic operation, under which the phenomenon of polysemy emerges as amenable to strikingly concise description. The book is addressed primarily to students and researchers in semantics, cognitive linguistics, English, and Australian languages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783110183979
Publisher:
De Gruyter
Publication date:
06/16/2005
Series:
Cognitive Linguistics Research [CLR] Series , #30
Pages:
503
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Nick Riemer is Assistant Professor at the Department of English, University of Sydney, Australia.

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