The Typology of Physical Qualities

| HSE University, Moscow / Vinogradov Russian language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
| HSE University, Moscow
| HSE University, Moscow
ISBN 9789027210920 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027257918 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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]  2022.  vi, 339 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN016000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021059066