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Word Meaning and Syntax: Approaches to the Interface

Stephen Wechsler


The interface between word meaning and syntax is among the most controversial and elusive problems in contemporary linguistics. This book approaches the interface from both sides of the relation, and surveys a range of views on the mapping between them, with an emphasis on lexical approaches to argument structure. The fundamental problem of word meaning is analyzed first, with discussions of vagueness and polysemy, including theories of sense extension, coercion, prototypes, probabilistic grammar, and mixed categories. This is complemented with a look at the roles of world knowledge and normat ... More

Keywords: word meaning, lexical semantics, argument structure, vagueness, polysemy, lexicalism, syntax–semantics interface, LFG, HPSG

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279883
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279883.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Wechsler, author
Professor of Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin