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Fri Oct 17 2003

Books: Linguistic Theories: Lopez Rua

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Message 1: Birds, Colours and Prepositions: Lopez Rua

Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 16:28:38 +0000
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Subject: Birds, Colours and Prepositions: Lopez Rua

Title: Birds, Colours and Prepositions
Subtitle: The Theory of Categorization
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 33
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH,		 
Author: Paula L�pez R�a, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela 

Paperback: ISBN: ISBN3895867608, Pages: 250, Price: 64
Comment: invoices in USD and GBP available

This book is first about categorization and then about linguistic
categorization. On the one hand, it gives answers to both general and
specific questions about that process (what is categorization for? Is
it exclusively human, or exclusively adult? Are categories like bird,
blue, furniture, bald, love, mother or subject similar in any
way?). On the other hand, it intends to offer a comprehensive,
up-to-date view of the alternatives and tools available for the study
of categorization in linguistics. The first part of the book is
devoted to a detailed account of theoretical foundations and
terminological distinctions (for instance, category vs. concept, or
concept vs. word vs. object). The second part comprises a comparative
analysis of the two major approaches to the study of categorial
conception, description and representation: the discrete approach (the
classical view) and the non-discrete approach, where the principles of
prototype theory are developed. Both perspectives are described,
exemplified and evaluated, and the main conclusion drawn from the
analysis is the need to consider both the researcher's purpose and the
nature of the object of study as determinant factors for the selection
of a descriptive tool, be it discrete or non-discrete.(also see the
LINCOM webshop:

Lingfield(s): Linguistic Theories
		Theoretical Linguistics (Linguistic Theories)
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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