Polysemy or generality? Mu

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Abstract

This chapter proposes a conception of lexical meaning as use-potential, in contrast to prevailing atomistic and reificational views. The issues are illustrated on the example of spatial expressions, pre-eminently prepositions. It is argued that the dichotomy between polysemy and semantic generality is a false one, with expressions occupying points on a continuum from full homonymy to full monosemy, and with typical cases of polysemy falling in between. The notion of use-potential is explored in connectionist models of spatial categorization. Some possible objections to the use-potential approach are also addressed.

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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

Keywords

  • connectionist modeling, creativity, epigenesis, hermeneutics, meaning-holism, monosemy, polysemy, semantic generality, situatedness, spatial expressions, use-potential
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognitive Approaches to Lexical Semantics
EditorsHubert Cuyckens, René Dirven, John R. Taylor
PublisherMouton de Gruyter
Pages447-494
Volume23
ISBN (Print)3-11-017709-9
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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Volume23