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The Semantics of Nouns

Zhengdao Ye


This volume represents state-of-the-art research on the semantics of nouns. It offers detailed and systematic analyses of scores of individual nouns across many different conceptual domains—‘people’, ‘beings’, ‘creatures’, ‘places’, ‘things’, ‘living things’, and ‘parts of the body and parts of the person’. A range of languages, both familiar and unfamiliar, is examined. These include Australian Aboriginal languages (Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara), (Mandarin) Chinese, Danish, English, French, German, Koromu (a Papuan language), Russian, Polish, and Solega (a Dravidian language). Each rigorous ... More

Keywords: lexical semantics, meaning, nouns, categories, conceptual analysis, cross-linguistic, cross-domain, concrete vocabulary, semantic relations, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198736721
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198736721.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zhengdao Ye, editor
Lecturer in Linguistics and Translation Studies, The Australian National University