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LINGUIST List 16.2087

Wed Jul 06 2005

Books: Semantics/Ling Theories/Cognitive Science: Riemer

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, The Semantics of Polysemy: Riemer


Message 1: The Semantics of Polysemy: Riemer
Date: 06-Jul-2005
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: The Semantics of Polysemy: Riemer


Title: The Semantics of Polysemy
Subtitle: Reading Meaning in English and Warlpiri
Series Title: Cognitive Linguistics Research 30
Published: 2005
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
                http://www.mouton-publishers.com

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110183978-1&l=E

Author: Nick Riemer, Université de Paris XIII, Villetaneuse, France
Hardback: ISBN: 3110183978 Pages: xvi, 487 pages Price: U.S. $ 165.20 Comment: for orders placed in North America
Hardback: ISBN: 3110183978 Pages: xvi, 487 pages Price: Europe EURO 118.00
Abstract:

This book is a comparative study of the polysemy patterns displayed by
percussion/impact ('hitting') verbs in English and Warlpiri (Pama-Nyungan,
Central Australia).

The opening chapters develop a novel theoretical orientation for the study
of polysemy via a close examination of two theoretical traditions under the
broader cognitivist umbrella: Langackerian and Lakovian Cognitive Semantics
and Wierzbickian Natural Semantic Meta-language. Arguments are offered
which problematize attempts in these traditions to ground the analysis of
meaning either in cognitive or neurological reality, or in the existence of
universal synonymy relations within the lexicon. Instead, an interpretative
rather than a scientific construal of linguistic theorizing is sketched, in
the context of a close examination of certain key issues in the
contemporary study of polysemy such as sense individuation, the role of
reference in linguistic categorization, and the demarcation between
metaphor and metonymy.

The later chapters present a detailed typology of the polysemous senses of
English and Warlpiri percussion/impact (or P/I) verbs based on a
diachronically deep corpus of dictionary citations from Middle to
contemporary English, and on a large corpus of Warlpiri citations. Limited
to the operations of metaphor and of three categories of metonymy, this
typology posits just four types of basic relation between extended and core
meanings. As a result, the phenomenon of polysemy and semantic extension
emerges as amenable to strikingly concise description.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Semantics

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)
                            Warlpiri (WBP)

Written In: English (ENG )

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