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Polysemy

John R Taylor

in The Mental Corpus

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199290802
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741388 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290802.003.0010
Polysemy

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Critically examines the standard definition of polysemy as the association of two or more related meanings with a single linguistic form. Each of the terms of definition turns out to be problematic. Instead, it is argued that words have uses, and polysemy is a matter of a word's contextual profile(s), learned through exposure to usage events.

Keywords: polysemy; homonymy; phonological variation; ambiguity; ambiguity tests; lumpers and splitters; prepositions; contextual profile; meaning as use; Lakoff; Searle; Idealized Cognitive Models

Chapter.  14020 words. 

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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