Cognitive Approaches to Lexical Semantics

Cognitive Approaches to Lexical Semantics

Cognitive Approaches to Lexical Semantics

Cognitive Approaches to Lexical Semantics


This book provides a representative survey of early and more recent concerns in cognitively inspired lexical semantics. As such, it focuses on the issue of polysemy vs. monosemy, it offers fresh perspectives on prototypicality in lexical categories, it sheds light on the development of lexical items in child language acquisition and in diachrony, and it looks at issues going beyond the individual lexical item (onomasiology, synonymy, the relationship between lexical and syntactic meaning).


The papers in the present volume offer new perspectives on cognitive lexical semantic research. Some were first presented at the “Workshop on Cognitive Approaches to Lexical Semantics”, organized by Hubert Cuyckens (University of Leuven) and Dominiek Sandra (University of Antwerp) during the 16th Scandinavian Linguistics Conference held at the University of Turku, Finland, 15 November 1996. These are the papers by Stefan Grondelaers and Dirk Geeraerts, Hanna Lehti-Eklund, Sally Rice, Satoshi Uehara, Christof Vanden Eynde, and Jordan Zlatev. the other contributions (by Jens Allwood, Theo Janssen, Laura Michaelis, Kurt Queller, Augusto Soares da Silva, David Tuggy, Claude Vandeloise) were specially solicited for this volume. While most of the papers have matured over the past few years, all have been updated and revised, some of them several times, and most recently within the last twelve months.

The volume was made possible with the help of a great many people. First of all, we would like to express our thanks to all the authors for their contributions, for their speediness at every stage of the reviewing and editorial process, and for their patience. We would also like to thank all the linguists who acted as anonymous referees. We would like to acknowledge the work of Dominiek Sandra, who acted as co-editor of this volume during its initial stages, but who, unfortunately, had to leave the project. Thanks also goes to Jörg Behmdt for his invaluable work in formatting this volume, and to Anke Beck and Birgit Sievert of Mouton de Gruyter for seeing this project through.

Finally, the first editor would very much like to express his thanks to his co-editors, John Taylor and René Dirven, for their assistance in bringing the volume to fruition.

Hubert Cuyckens (University of Leuven) René Dirven (University of Duisburg) John Taylor (University of Otago) May 2003 . . .

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