Title
Problems of lexical semantics Problems of lexical semantics
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Lingua: international review of general linguistics. - Amsterdam
Volume/pages
53(1981) :4 , p. 317-351
ISSN
0024-3841
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Some of the central problems of (comparative) lexical semantics are dealt with: (i) How does one decide which word groups if any should be treated as lexical items and which ones should not? (ii) What are the limitations of componential analysis and semantic field theory as methods to describe the internal semantic structure of lexical items and their external semantic relationships, respectively, and how can they be transcended? (In this context the notions of prototype, basic level term, scene and frame are introduced.) (iii) How can one avoid the danger of circularity in semantic analyses? (iv) How can analyses be represented? These issues of general interest are addressed with special reference to the domain of linguistic action verbials (verbs and verb-like expressions used to describe linguistic action).
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