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The Lexical Typology of Semantic Shifts.


The Lexical Typology of Semantic Shifts

Edited by Paivi Juvonen and Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm

De Gruyter Mouton


600 pages



Cognitive Linguistics Research; Volume 58


Linguists examine semantic shifts and motivation patterns in the lexicon seen cross-linguistically, drawing from and contributing to research in cognitive linguistics, lexical typology, and historical and areal linguistics. Among their topics are a frame-based methodology for lexical typology, making do with minimal lexica: light verb construction with MAKE/DO in pidgin lexica, the semantic domain of emotion in Eskimo and neighboring languages, differences and interactions between scientific and folk biological taxonomy, and motivation by formally analyzable terms in a typological perspective: an assessment of the variation and steps towards explanation. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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