By Brigitte Nerlich, Zazie Todd, Vimala Herman, David D. Clarke

Approximately fifty years in the past, Stephen Ullmann wrote that polysemy is 'the pivot of semantic analysis'. Fifty years on, polysemy has turn into one of many most well liked themes in linguistics and within the cognitive sciences at huge. The publication bargains with the subject froma good selection of viewpoints. The cognitive technique is supplemented and supported by means of diachronic, psycholinguistic, developmental, comparative, and computational views. The chapters, written by way of essentially the most eminent experts within the box, are all underpinned by means of specified discussions of technique and thought.

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Non-polysemous) "semantic" representations. Van der Leek (2000) takes a similar line, arguing that words designate "Platonic" (that is, highly general and abstract) concepts, which participate in, but do not uniquely determine, context-specific construals. Concerning phonological representations, it will be recalled that one of the Cognitive models of polysemy 37 drivers of early generative phonology (Chomsky and Halle 1968) was the desire to associate each morpheme of a language with a single, unique "underlying form", from which all the surface altemants could be derived by rule.

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