Semiotic Principles in Semantic Theory
This study represents a contribution to the theory of meaning in natural language. It proposes a semantic theory containing a set of regular relational principles. These principles enable semantic theory to describe connections from the lexical reading of a word to its figurative contextual reading, from one variant reading of a polysemous lexical item to another, from the idiomatic to its literal reading or to the literal reading(s) of one or more of its component lexical items. Semiotic theory provides a foundation by supplying principles defining motivated expression-content relations for signs generally. The author argues that regular semantic relational principles must dervive from such semiotic principles, to ensures the psychological reality and generality of the semantic principles.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 20] 1981. xiii, 252 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
Preface | p. v
0. Introduction | p. 1
1. Regular relations in semantic theory | p. 7
2. The semiotic basis of semantic regularity | p. 21
3. Regular semantic relations | p. 71
4. The problem of polysemy | p. 109
5. Derived polysemy | p. 139
6. The lexicon | p. 155
7. Motivation in complex units | p. 173
8. Extra-linguistic information in semantic relations | p. 195
9. Poetic figures | p. 209
Conclusion | p. 227
Notes | p. 231
Index | p. 245
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