Problems of lexical semanticsProblems of lexical semantics
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Grammar and Pragmatics
Antwerp Center for Pragmatics (IPrA Research Center)
Lingua: international review of general linguistics. - Amsterdam
53(1981):4, p. 317-351
University of Antwerp
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).