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Theories of Lexical Semantics

Dirk Geeraerts


Theories of Lexical Semantics offers a comprehensive overview of the major traditions of word meaning research in linguistics. In spite of the growing importance of the lexicon in linguistic theory, no overview of the main theoretical trends in lexical semantics is currently available. This book fills that gap by charting the evolution of the discipline from the mid nineteenth century to the present day. It presents the main ideas, the landmark publications, and the dominant figures of five traditions: historical‐philological semantics, structuralist semantics, generativist semant ... More

Keywords: lexical semantics, word meaning, lexicology, historical‐philological semantics, structuralist semantics, generativist semantics, neostructuralist semantics, cognitive semantics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780198700302
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198700302.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dirk Geeraerts, author
University of Leuven
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