The Lexicon: An Introduction

Paperback | February 27, 2016

byElisabetta Jezek

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This book provides an introduction to the study of words, their main properties and how we use them to create meaning. It offers a detailed description of the organizational principles of the lexicon, and of the categories used to classify various lexical phenomena, including polysemy, meaningvariation, behaviour in composition, and the interface with pragmatics. Elisabetta Jezek uses empirical data from digitalized corpora and speakers' judgements, combined with the formalisms developed in the field of general and theoretical linguistics, to propose representations for each of thesephenomena. The book's clear structure and accessible approach make it an ideal textbook for all students of linguistics and a valuable resource for scholars and students of language in the fields of cognitive science and philosophy.

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This book provides an introduction to the study of words, their main properties and how we use them to create meaning. It offers a detailed description of the organizational principles of the lexicon, and of the categories used to classify various lexical phenomena, including polysemy, meaningvariation, behaviour in composition, and th...

Elisabetta Jezek is an associate professor at the University of Pavia, where she has taught syntax and semantics and applied linguistics since 2001. Her research interests include lexical semantics, verb classification, theory of argument structure, event structure in syntax and semantics, lexicon/ontology interplay, word class systems...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pagesPublished:February 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199601542

ISBN - 13:9780199601547

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Table of Contents

Preface to the English editionTypographic conventionsAbbreviations1. Basic notions2. Lexical information3. The meaning of words4. The global structure of the lexicon5. Paradigmatic structures in the lexicon6. Syntagmatic structures in the lexiconConcluding observationsReferencesIndex