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.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 264 pp., 5 tab.
Contents: Ekaterini Klepousniotou: Reconciling Linguistics and Psycholinguistics: On the Psychological Reality of Linguistic
Polysemy – Gregory L. Murphy: Parsimony and the Psychological Representation of Polysemous Words – Raymond W. Gibbs, Jr./Julia
E. Lonergan: Identifying, Specifying and Processing Metaphorical Word Meanings – Anna A. Zalizniak: The Phenomenon of Polysemy
and Ways to Describe It – Gergely Pethő: On Irregular Polysemy – Georges Kleiber: Polysemy, Transfers of Meaning and Integrated
Metonymy – Mária Ladányi: Systematic Polysemy of Verbs in Hungarian – Ronnie Cann/Patricia Mabugu: Constructional Polysemy:
the Applicative Construction in ChiShona – Balás Szilárd: Remarks on the Aspectual Polysemy of the Hungarian Verbal Particle