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The semantics of lexical typology

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  • Lexical Typology
  • Semantics
  • [Shs.Langue] Humanities And Social Sciences/Linguistics
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Abstract

In this chapter we mainly focus on lexical typology understood as cross-linguistic research on domain categorization. We start by introducing some of the critical issues inherent in such research (section 2), and then turn to the presentation and discussion of four different approaches to lexical typology in sections 3–6 (Componential analysis, Natural semantic metalanguage, Denotation-based or etic-grid semantics, and Combinatorial lexical typology). Section 7 is devoted to semantic maps as representations of meanings and generalizations in lexical typology, while section 8 suggests a few future directions for lexical typology.

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