Polysemy: Flexible Patterns of Meaning in Mind and Language

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Brigitte Nerlich, David D. Clarke, Zazie Todd, Vimala Herman
Walter de Gruyter, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 422 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Cognitive models of polysemy
31
past and present
49
Polysemy and conceptual blending
79
the case of over
95
experiments with English
161
Metonymic polysemy and its place in meaning extension
195
Polysemy in derivational affixes
217
The role of links andor qualia in modifierhead constructions
233
Polysemy and bleaching
253
Polysemy in the lexicon and in discourse
267
salience role and context effects
297
the acquisition
333
I dont believe in word senses
361
Senses and texts
393
Index
411
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Brigitte Nerlich is Senior Research Officer at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Zazie Todd is Lecturer at Leeds University, UK.

David D. Clarke is Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Vimala Herman is Reader at the University of Nottingham, UK.

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