Edited By Peter Blumenthal, Iva Novakova and Dirk Siepmann
How do words allow us to understand these obscure objects that are our emotions? Do various European languages offer the same perspective on this changing reality, when explored by several applied disciplines (language teaching, lexicography, natural language processing)? This volume offers answers by highlighting theoretical and methodological innovations in lexical semantics and discourse analysis.
Caractéristiques et effets de la complexité sémantique de noms d’affect – Peter Blumenthal
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Caractéristiques et effets de la complexité sémantique de noms d’affect
This chapter, which is based on journalistic and literary corpora, aims to investigate the syntactic and textual effects of the semantic complexity of nouns. The underlying idea is to extend research on the syntax-semantics interface to text linguistics. I begin by discussing some morphosyntactic peculiarities characterizing the construction of semantically complex nouns at the microcontextual level (preference for certain types of prepositions, lack of complementation, etc.). I then turn to the sentence level, where a general tendency can be observed for complex nouns to occur in key positions – for example, in adverbials at the beginning of the sentence. Finally, I explore the role that complex nouns play in creating coherence and in conducting arguments at the macrocontextual level.