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Full Title: Workshop: New Issues in Polysemy
Location: Vitoria-Gasteis, the Basque Country, Spain
Start Date: 08-Nov-2012 - 09-Nov-2012
Contact: Agustin Vicente/ Ingrid Falkum
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Meeting Description: Polysemy, where a single word form is associated with several different meanings (e.g., ‘run a mile’, ‘run a shop’, ‘run late’, ‘run on gasoline’, and so on), proliferates in natural languages. While seldom a problem for language users in communication, polysemy raises a host of challenging issues for theories of lexical semantics and pragmatics. Central questions are the representation of polysemous senses in long-term memory, how hearers pick out the contextually appropriate sense of a polysemous word, and how novel senses arise in the course of communication. This workshop brings together scholars working on polysemy in different branches of linguistics, including formal and computational linguistics, cognitive linguistics, linguistic pragmatics and psycholinguistics, and seeks to provide an opportunity for discussion and exchange of ideas across these fields.

A cross-cutting issue is the very nature of polysemy: Does it have a primarily linguistic basis, e.g., derived by the application of lexical rules? Is it essentially cognitive, and just a linguistic reflection of how cognitive categories are structured more generally? Or is it a mainly communicative phenomenon, determined by pragmatic processes operating at the level of individual words? To what extent does the available empirical evidence shed light on these questions?


Nicholas Asher (IRIT-Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse)
Robyn Carston (University College London/CSMN, University of Oslo)
Vyvyan Evans (Bangor University)
Ingrid Lossius Falkum (CSMN, University of Oslo)
Steven Frisson (University of Birmingham)
Adam Kilgarriff (University of Leeds)
Ekaterini Klepousniotou (University of Leeds)
Louise McNally (Pompeu Fabra University)
Hugh Rabagliatti (Harvard University)
Agustin Vicente & Fernando Martínez Manrique (Ikerbasque/University of the Basque Country & University of Granada)
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Psycholinguistics; Semantics
LL Issue: 23.3851

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