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Mon May 07 2018

Books: Lexical meaning as a testable hypothesis: Sabar

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Date: 04-May-2018
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Subject: Lexical meaning as a testable hypothesis: Sabar
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Title: Lexical meaning as a testable hypothesis
Subtitle: The case of English "look", "see", "seem" and "appear"
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 75
Published: 2018
Publisher: John Benjamins

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Author: Nadav Sabar
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027264343 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027264343 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027264343 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027200426 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027200426 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027200426 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94

This book offers an original treatment of the lexical form "look". The work is innovative in that it establishes that the Columbia School conception of an invariant meaning – hitherto found primarily in grammar – is equally operative in core vocabulary items like "look" and "see". The upshot is that grammar and lexicon are both amenable to synchronic monosemic analysis. The invariant meaning proposed for "look" explains the full range of its distribution, without the need to posit as linguistic units ‘look-noun’ and ‘look-verb’, ‘look-visual’ and ‘look-intellectual’, or constructions such as "have-a-look", "look-like", etc. The analysis places look in opposition with "see", "seem" and "appear" for which tentative meanings are posited as well. The hypotheses are supported through qualitative analyses of attested examples and quantitative predictions tested in a massive corpus. These predictions offer new knowledge about the distribution of "look", "see" and other forms that may provide useful for other scholars.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Written In: English (eng)

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