From Polysemy to Semantic Change

Towards a typology of lexical semantic associations

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Martine Vanhove | Llacan (Inalco, CNRS), Fédération TUL
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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.
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“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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Subjects

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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