The Cognitive Basis of Polysemy

New Sources of Evidence for Theories of Word Meaning

by Marina Rakova (Volume editor) Gergely Pethö (Volume editor) Csilla Rákosi (Volume editor)
©2007 Edited Collection 264 Pages
Series: Metalinguistica, Volume 19


The volume aims to explore the relationship between the theoretical modelling and the mental representation of the perceived multiplicity of lexical meanings. The collection is divided into three thematic sections, discussing psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic evidence concerning polysemy; theoretical considerations regarding the representation of different types of meaning variation phenomena; and polysemy connected (in a variety of ways) to syntactic constructions. A common theme for the contributions is the recognition that consideration of a range of so far neglected types of evidence (both from within and from outside of linguistics proper) is essential to achieve further progress in polysemy research.


ISBN (Softcover)
Polysemie Cognitive linguistic Cognitive semantic Psycholinguistic Aufsatzsammlung
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 264 pp., 5 tab.

Biographical notes

Marina Rakova (Volume editor) Gergely Pethö (Volume editor) Csilla Rákosi (Volume editor)

The Editors: Marina Rakova is senior lecturer at the Faculty of Philology, Saint-Petersburg State University (Russia). She obtained her Ph.D. in 2001 from Edinburgh University. Her main research interests lie in the areas of lexical semantics and the philosophy of mind. Gergely Pethő is currently assistant lecturer at the Department of German Linguistics, University of Debrecen (Hungary). He specialises in lexical semantics and defended his Ph.D. dissertation on polysemy in Hungarian nouns in 2005. Csilla Rákosi is research fellow in the Research Group for Theoretical Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her fields of interest include argumentation theory and the philosophy of linguistics. She received her Ph.D. in 2005.


Title: The Cognitive Basis of Polysemy