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Pieter A. M. Seuren

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199559473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559473.001.0001

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Vagaries of lexical meaning

Vagaries of lexical meaning

(p.331) 9 Vagaries of lexical meaning
Language in Cognition

Pieter A. M. Seuren (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter concentrates on the problems posed by lexical meanings for any formal theory. Among the topics discussed are the noncompositionality of compound meanings, vagueness phenomena, the nonintersectivity of adjectives, presuppositional aspects of lexical meaning, metaphor, polysemy, built‐in cognitive parameters and intrinsically higher‐order predicates.

Keywords:   cognitive parameters in lexical meaning, compounding, derivation, lexical ambiguity, metaphor, polysemy, presupposition, vagueness

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