How Words Mean: Lexical Concepts, Cognitive Models, and Meaning Construction

Paperback | October 15, 2009

byVyvyan Evans

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How Words Mean introduces a new approach to the role of words and other linguistic units in the construction of meaning. It does so by addressing the interaction between non-linguistic concepts and the meanings encoded in language. It develops an account of how words are understood when weproduce and hear language in situated contexts of use. It proposes two theoretical constructs, the lexical concept and the cognitive model. These are central to the accounts of lexical representation and meaning construction developed, giving rise to the Theory of Lexical Concepts and CognitiveModels (or LCCM Theory). Vyvyan Evans integrates and advances recent developments in cognitive science, particularly in cognitive linguistics and cognitive psychology. He builds a framework for the understanding and analysis of meaning that is at once descriptively adequate and psychologically plausible. In so doing healso addresses current issues in lexical semantics and semantic compositionality, polysemy, figurative language, and the semantics of time and space, and writes in a way that will be accessible to students of linguistics and cognitive science at advanced undergraduate level and above.

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How Words Mean introduces a new approach to the role of words and other linguistic units in the construction of meaning. It does so by addressing the interaction between non-linguistic concepts and the meanings encoded in language. It develops an account of how words are understood when weproduce and hear language in situated contexts ...

Vyvyan Evans is Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University. He was previously Professor of Cognitive Linguistics at the University of Brighton and has also taught at the University of Sussex, Georgetown University, and the University of Florida. His published work includes A Glossary of Cognitive Linguistics (2007); with Benjamin B...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.07 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction1. Words and Meaning2. Towards a New Account of Word Meaning3. Cognitive Linguistics4. Word Meaning in LCCM TheoryPart II: Lexical Representation5. Symbolic Units6. Semantic Structure7. Lexical Concepts8. Polysemy9. Conceptual Structure10. Cognitive ModelsPart III: Compositional Semantics11. Lexical Concept Selection12. Lexical Concept Integration13. InterpretationPart IV: Figurative Language and Thought14. Metaphor and Metonymy15. The Semantics of TimePart V: Conclusions16. LCCM Theory in ContextReferencesIndex