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Lexical Meaning

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ISBN-10: 0521677645

ISBN-13: 9780521677646

Edition: 2010

Authors: M. Lynne Murphy

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List price: $31.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188

M. Lynne Murphy is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics in the School of English at the University of Sussex.

List of figures
Preface: using this book
Acknowledgments
Typographical conventions
Meaning and the lexicon
The lexicon - some preliminaries
Overview
What is a lexicon?
What is a word?
How to research words and their meanings
Structure of this book
Further reading
Answers to puzzles
Exercises
What do we mean by meaning?
Overview
The boundaries of lexical semantics
The nature of denotative meaning
Are senses �images in the mind�?
Meaning and concepts
Summary and conclusions
Further reading
Answers to puzzles
Exercises
Components and prototypes
Overview
Senses as definitions: Classical Theory
An early componential approach - Katz
Against the classical approach: prototypes
Summary
Further reading
Answers to puzzles
Exercises
Modern componential approaches - and some alternatives
Overview and questions
Jackendoff: Conceptual Semantics
Pustejovsky: the Generative Lexicon
Wierzbicka: Natural Semantic Metalanguage
Alternatives to componential approaches
Summary and conclusion
Further reading
Answers to puzzles
Exercises
Relations among words and senses
Meaning variation: polysemy, homonymy, and vagueness
Overview
Polysemy, homonymy, vagueness
Meaning variation and language change
Approaches to polysemy
Summary and conclusion
Further reading
Answers to puzzles
Exercises
Lexical and semantic relations
Overview
Paradigmatic relations: synonymy, antonymy, hyponymy
Two approaches to relations and the lexicon
Summary and conclusion
Further reading
Answers to puzzles
Exercises
Word classes and semantic types
Ontological categories and word classes
Overview
Ontological categories and semantic types
Word class prototypes
Ontological categories and lexical semantics: some conclusions
Further reading
Answers to puzzles
Exercises
Nouns and countability
Overview
Thinking about nouns and things
Nouns and number: grammar and semantics
Variation in countability: the Conceptual Semantics approach
Mass nouns as plurals
Cultural habits and countability: the NSM approach
Summary and conclusions
Further reading
Answers to puzzles
Exercises
Predication: verbs, Events, and States
Overview
The semantics of verbs
States and Events
Motion verbs
Non-verb predicates
Summary and conclusion
Further reading
Answers to puzzles
Exercises
Verbs and time
Overview
Tense, aspect, and Aktionsart
Aktionsart categories
Vendler classes
Boundedness and telicity
Semantic relations among verbs
Summary and conclusion
Further reading
Answers to puzzles
Exercises
Adjectives and properties
Overview
Adjectives and the nouns they modify
Absolute adjectives
Gradable adjectives and semantic scales
Properties of scales and types of scalar adjectives
Summary and conclusion
Further reading
Answers to puzzles
Exercises
References
Index