LINGUIST List 32.34

Mon Jan 04 2021

Books: Where Words Get their Meaning: Bolognesi

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Date: 11-Dec-2020
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Where Words Get their Meaning: Bolognesi
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Title: Where Words Get their Meaning
Subtitle: Cognitive processing and distributional modelling of word meaning in first and second language
Series Title: Converging Evidence in Language and Communication Research 23
Published: 2020
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/celcr.23

Author: Marianna Bolognesi
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260420 Pages: 208 Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260420 Pages: 208 Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027260420 Pages: 208 Price: Europe EURO 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208019 Pages: 208 Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208019 Pages: 208 Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027208019 Pages: 208 Price: Europe EURO 100.70
Abstract:

Words are not just labels for conceptual categories. Words construct conceptual categories, frame situations and influence behavior. Where do they get their meaning?

This book describes how words acquire their meaning. The author argues that mechanisms based on associations, pattern detection, and feature matching processes explain how words acquire their meaning from experience and from language alike. Such mechanisms are summarized by the distributional hypothesis, a computational theory of meaning originally applied to word occurrences only, and hereby extended to extra-linguistic contexts.

By arguing in favor of the cognitive foundations of the distributional hypothesis, which suggests that words that appear in similar contexts have similar meaning, this book offers a theoretical account for word meaning construction and extension in first and second language that bridges empirical findings from cognitive and computer sciences. Plain language and illustrations accompany the text, making this book accessible to a multidisciplinary academic audience.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Psycholinguistics
                            Semantics

Written In: English (eng)

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