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
“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.”
Cited by

Cited by 21 other publications

No author info given
2015.  In Cognitive Linguistics and Lexical Change [Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 331], Crossref logo
Fourshey, Catherine Cymone, Rhonda M. Gonzales & Christine Saidi
2021. Leza, Sungu, and Samba: Digital Humanities and Early Bantu History. History in Africa 48  pp. 103 ff. Crossref logo
François, Alexandre
2022. Lexical tectonics: Mapping structural change in patterns of lexification. Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 41:1  pp. 89 ff. Crossref logo
Harris, Martyn & Tomi S. Melka
2011. TheRongorongoScript: On a Listed Sequence in theRectoof Tablet “Mamari”. Part II. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics 18:3  pp. 234 ff. Crossref logo
Huang, Danqing, Dirk Geeraerts & Weiwei Zhang
2021. A diachronic analysis of the FIRE character. Chinese Semiotic Studies 17:1  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Koptjevskaja-Tamm, Maria
2015.  In The Linguistics of Temperature [Typological Studies in Language, 107],  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Koptjevskaja-Tamm, Maria & Henrik Liljegren
2017.  In The Cambridge Handbook of Areal Linguistics,  pp. 204 ff. Crossref logo
Kučera, Dalibor & Matthias R. Mehl
2022. Beyond English: Considering Language and Culture in Psychological Text Analysis. Frontiers in Psychology 13 Crossref logo
Lawrence, Joshua Fahey, Aste Mjelve Hagen, Jin Kyoung Hwang, Grace Lin & Arne Lervåg
2019. Academic vocabulary and reading comprehension: exploring the relationships across measures of vocabulary knowledge. Reading and Writing 32:2  pp. 285 ff. Crossref logo
Levisen, Carsten & Karime Aragón
2017.  In Creole Studies – Phylogenetic Approaches,  pp. 315 ff. Crossref logo
Malyuga, Elena N., Valentina E. Yermishina, A. Zheltenkov & A. Mottaeva
2021. The expressive function of colloquialisms in professional discourse: The linguopragmatic aspect. E3S Web of Conferences 284  pp. 08012 ff. Crossref logo
Molencki, Rafal
2022.  In English Historical Linguistics [Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 359],  pp. 98 ff. Crossref logo
Paradis, Carita & Mats Eeg-Olofsson
2013. Describing Sensory Experience: The Genre of Wine Reviews. Metaphor and Symbol 28:1  pp. 22 ff. Crossref logo
Pericliev, Vladimir
2015. On Colexification among Basic Vocabulary. Journal of Universal Language 16:2  pp. 63 ff. Crossref logo
Robinson, Justyna A.
2014.  In Corpus Methods for Semantics [Human Cognitive Processing, 43],  pp. 87 ff. Crossref logo
San Roque, Lila, Kobin H. Kendrick, Elisabeth Norcliffe & Asifa Majid
2018. Universal meaning extensions of perception verbs are grounded in interaction . Cognitive Linguistics 29:3  pp. 371 ff. Crossref logo
Schapper, Antoinette
2022. Baring the bones: the lexico-semantic association of bone with strength in Melanesia and the study of colexification. Linguistic Typology 26:2  pp. 313 ff. Crossref logo
Schapper, Antoinette & Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm
2022. Introduction to special issue on areal typology of lexico-semantics. Linguistic Typology 26:2  pp. 199 ff. Crossref logo
Urban, Matthias
2018. Quechuan terms for internal organs of the torso. Studies in Language 42:3  pp. 505 ff. Crossref logo
Urban, Matthias
2019. Spotlights on the notion of lexical motivation across languages in the Western linguistic tradition, from the 16th century to the present. Historiographia Linguistica 46:1-2  pp. 48 ff. Crossref logo
H. Ekkehard Wolff
2019.  In A History of African Linguistics, Crossref logo

This list is based on CrossRef data as of 28 july 2022. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.

Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008031821 | Marc record