From Polysemy to Semantic Change

Towards a typology of lexical semantic associations

| Llacan (Inalco, CNRS), Fédération TUL
ISBN 9789027205735 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027290328 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
This book is the result of a joint project on lexical and semantic typology which gathered together field linguists, semanticists, cognitivists, typologists, and an NLP specialist. These cross-linguistic studies concern semantic shifts at large, both synchronic and diachronic: the outcome of polysemy, heterosemy, or semantic change at the lexical level. The first part presents a comprehensive state of the art of a domain typologists have long been reluctant to deal with. Part two focuses on theoretical and methodological approaches: cognition, construction grammar, graph theory, semantic maps, and data bases. These studies deal with universals and variation across languages, illustrated with numerous examples from different semantic domains and different languages. Part three is dedicated to detailed empirical studies of a large sample of languages in a limited set of semantic fields. It reveals possible universals of semantic association, as well as areal and cultural tendencies.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 106]  2008.  xiii, 404 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Semantic associations: A foreword
Martine Vanhove
Part 1. State of the art
Approaching lexical typology
Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm
Part 2. Theoretical and methodological issues
Words and their meanings: Principles of variation and stabilization
Stéphane Robert
The typology of semantic affinities
Bernard Pottier
Cognitive onomasiology and lexical change: Around the eye
Peter Koch †
Mapping semantic spaces: A constructionist account of the "light verb" xordæn 'eat' in Persian
Niloufar Family
Semantic maps and the typology of colexification: Intertwining polysemous networks across languages
Alexandre François
A catalogue of semantic shifts: Towards a typology of semantic derivation
Anna A. Zalizniak
Semantic associations and confluences in paradigmatic networks
Bruno Gaume, Karine Duvignau and Martine Vanhove
Part 3. Case studies
About 'Eating' in a few Niger-Congo languages
Emilio Bonvini
Eating beyond certainties
Christine Hénault
From semantic change to polysemy: The cases of 'meat/animal' and 'drink'
Pascal Boyeldieu
Is a 'friend' an 'enemy'? Between "proximity" and "opposition"
Sergueï Sakhno and Nicole Tersis
Semantic associations between sensory modalities, prehension and mental perceptions: A crosslinguistic perspective
Martine Vanhove
Cats and bugs: Some remarks about semantic parallelisms
Michel Masson
General index
Index of languages
Index of names
“Overall, the book offers an up to date overview of a branch of linguistics that has always served as a testing ground for many linguistic theories. [...] the case studies closing the book constitute an invaluable resource for cognitive linguists, especially for the investigation of the universality and culture-specificity of metaphor and metonymy. All the articles demonstrate how typology, diachrony and cognitive linguistics intertwine in the study of polysemy.”
“This edited volume is a fine reader for those who are interested in applied linguistics and especially in language teaching and acquisition. The conclusions of the various analyses reveal it is possible to distinguish common features in semantic shifts in very diverse languages, from Indo-European languages to Sino-Tibetan languages, from African languages to Finno-Ugric, etc. The universal mechanisms underlying semantic change may be a helpful starting point for developing a method to improve lexical competence.”
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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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