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The Cognitive Basis of Polysemy

New Sources of Evidence for Theories of Word Meaning


Marina Rakova, Gergely Pethö and Csilla Rákosi

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.
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 el ‘away/off’.