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Thu Jan 26 2006
Books: Linguistic Theories/Semantics, English: Pauwels
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Put, Set, Lay and Place: Pauwels
Message 1: Put, Set, Lay and Place: Pauwels
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Put, Set, Lay and Place: Pauwels
Title: Put, Set, Lay and Place
Subtitle: A Cognitive Linguistic Approach to Verbal Meaning
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 19
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Author: Paul Pauwels, University of Antwerp
Paperback: ISBN: 3895867896 Pages: 260 Price: Europe EURO 80.90
Paperback: ISBN: 3895867896 Pages: 260 Price: U.S. $ 106.97
Paperback: ISBN: 3895867896 Pages: 260 Price: U.K. £ 55.80
This work outlines a Cognitive Linguistic methodology for the analysis of
verbal meaning, which is applied in a corpus-based investigation of the
related English high-frequency verbs put, set, lay and place.
The first part takes a closer look at lexicography and lexical semantics,
assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. The survey
shows how a Cognitive Linguistic approach provides a framework which allows
for differentiation, but also provides coherence. The first part results in
a methodology providing for an analysis in three stages focusing on
patterning, profiling and base (or cognitive domains).
The descriptive application in the second part demonstrates how this type
of approach, which results in different clusters of specific uses
(according to patterns, argument-slots in the profile, and domain matrixes)
provides a principled differentiation between uses and at the same time
uncovers a network of relations between them. The analysis highlights the
role of cognitive processes like metaphor and metonymy, and indicates
relevant image schemata and general usage types.
The resulting description of the four verbs provides a motivation as to
why, for example, put is the high-frequency manipulation verb, why set is
often used to conceptualize activation or motion, or why all verbs but put
conceptualize arrangement. The findings also suggest that uses are
entrenched (or salient) at different levels of abstraction, and that there
are salient links between uses, supporting a polysemous analysis.
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Written In: English (eng )
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