The Typology of Physical Qualities

| HSE University, Moscow / Vinogradov Institute for Russian language
| HSE University, Moscow
| HSE University, Moscow
ISBN 9789027210920 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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What is it like? – This is often the first question we ask about any object, and it is typically answered with adjectives: old, smooth, pointed, narrow, etc. Characteristics of things around us is a fundamental aspect of how we conceptualize the physical world, regardless of when or where we live – and regardless of our language. Despite this, the vocabulary of physical qualities has received comparatively little attention in lexical typology: most research so far has focused on verbs and the actions they express.

This volume presents a lexico-typological study of several domains of physical qualities: ‘sharp’/’blunt’, ‘wet’, ‘empty’/’full’, ‘old’, as well as dimensions temperature and surface texture. It discusses several theoretical issues including intragenetic language sampling, the possibility of signed vs. spoken language comparison at the lexicon level, and the potential of applying computational models of distributional semantics to lexical typology.

The book will be of interest to linguists with a focus on typology, general and lexical semantics, to lexicographers, and to language students and teachers.
[Typological Studies in Language, 133]  Expected June 2022.  vi, 328 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
Chapter 1. Introduction: The frame-based approach to the typology of qualities
Ekaterina Rakhilina and Tatiana Reznikova
Chapter 2. Methodology at work: Semantic Fields sharp and blunt
Maria Kyuseva, Elena Parina and Daria Ryzhova
Chapter 3. A matter of degree? The domain of wetness in a typological perspective
Tatiana Reznikova, Anna Panina and Victoriya Kruglyakova
Chapter 4. Quality as a two-place predicate: The typology of full and empty
Anna Panina and Maria Tagabileva
Chapter 5. Typology of dimensions
Alexey Kozlov and Maria Privizentseva
Chapter 6. The domain of surface texture
Egor Kashkin and Olga Vinogradova
Chapter 7. A new approach to old studies
Anastasia Vyrenkova, Ekaterina Rakhilina and Boris Orekhov
Chapter 8. Talking temperature with close relatives: Semantic systems across Slavic languages
Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm
Chapter 9. Lexical typology of Mandarin Chinese qualitative features
Liliya Kholkina
Chapter 10. The qualitative lexicon in Russian Sign Language from a typological perspective
Maria Kyuseva
Chapter 11. Constructing a typological questionnaire with distributional semantic models
Daria Ryzhova and Denis Paperno
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN016000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics
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