Lexical Meaning by M. Lynne MurphyLexical Meaning by M. Lynne Murphy

Lexical Meaning

byM. Lynne Murphy

Paperback | November 29, 2010

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 215 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Out of stock online

Not available in stores


The ideal introduction for students of semantics, Lexical Meaning fills the gap left by more general semantics textbooks, providing the teacher and the student with insights into word meaning beyond the traditional overviews of lexical relations. The book explores the relationship between word meanings and syntax and semantics more generally. It provides a balanced overview of the main theoretical approaches, along with a lucid explanation of their relative strengths and weaknesses. After covering the main topics in lexical meaning, such as polysemy and sense relations, the textbook surveys the types of meanings represented by different word classes. It explains abstract concepts in clear language, using a wide range of examples, and includes linguistic puzzles in each chapter to encourage the student to practise using the concepts. 'Adopt-a-Word' exercises give students the chance to research a particular word, building a portfolio of specialist work on a single word.
Title:Lexical MeaningFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:274 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 0.51 inShipping dimensions:9.72 × 6.85 × 0.51 inPublished:November 29, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521677645

ISBN - 13:9780521677646


Table of Contents

Part I. Meaning and the Lexicon: 1. The lexicon - some preliminaries; 2. What do we mean by meaning?; 3. Components and prototypes; 4. Modern componential approaches - and some alternatives; Part II. Relations Among Words and Senses: 5. Meaning variation: polysemy, homonymy and vagueness; 6. Lexical and semantic relations; Part III. Word Classes and Semantic Types: 7. Ontological categories and word classes; 8. Nouns and countability; 9. Predication: verbs, events, and states; 10. Verbs and time; 11. Adjectives and properties.

Editorial Reviews

"...Murphy's new book will surely become a favourite among textbooks on semantics, thanks to the good balance and accessibility of topics provided, its well-constructed exercises, and the clear focus on the intended readership." --Linguist List, http://linguistlist.org/issues/22/22-3570.html