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

Vyvyan Evans


This book is concerned with word meaning, and the role of words in meaning construction. The specific problem addressed concerns how best to account for the inherent variation of word meaning in language use. That is, the books seeks to provide an account for the way in which the meaning associated with any given word form appears to vary each time it is used, in terms of the conceptualization that it, in part, gives rise to. The book develops a new theoretical synthesis building upon developments in cognitive science: in particular cognitive linguistics and cognitive psychology. The model pro ... More

Keywords: lexical semantics, meaning construction, cognitive linguistics, compositionality, cognitive model

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199234660
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234660.001.0001


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Vyvyan Evans, author
Bangor University
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