Article published in:Adpositions: Pragmatic, semantic and syntactic perspectives
Edited by Dennis Kurzon and Silvia Adler
[Typological Studies in Language 74] 2008
► pp. 273–288
A monosemic view of polysemic prepositions
Prepositions are notorious for being “polysemic”. One of Zipf ’s laws is that the smaller a form, the more frequently it will be used, and the more meanings and functions it will have attributed to it. The Hebrew preposition l- ‘to’ has at least seventeen dictionary entries and the Hebrew preposition b- ‘in’ has at least fifteen and some of these dictionary meanings overlap. In this paper, I will view both of these prepositions as linguistic signs (in the Saussurean sense) and present a signifié or a single invariant or core meaning for each that will account for all of its messages and uses as well as explain the differences between them.
Published online: 13 May 2008
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