Semplates: a new concept in lexical semantics?

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Abstract

This short report draws attention to an interesting kind of configuration in the lexicon that seems to have escaped theoretical or systematic descriptive attention. These configurations, which we dub SEMPLATES, consist of an abstract structure or template, which is recurrently instantiated in a number of lexical sets, typically of different form classes. A number of examples from different language families are adduced, and generalizations made about the nature of semplates, which are contrasted to other, perhaps similar, phenomena.

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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

Keywords

  • semplate, lexical semantics, space, landscape lexicon, metaphor, analogy, cultural models, sense relations, toponyms
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-174
JournalLanguage
Volume85
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)