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Theories of Lexical Semantics$
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Dirk Geeraerts

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198700302

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198700302.001.0001

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Neostructuralist Semantics

Neostructuralist Semantics

(p.124) 4 Neostructuralist Semantics
Theories of Lexical Semantics

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The fourth chapter describes neostructuralist semantics. Under this heading, we bring together the miscellaneous set of contemporary approaches that extrapolate the major types of structuralist semantics, but that do so in a post‐generativist fashion. These theories build on structuralist ideas like decompositional or relational descriptions of semantic structure, but they do so with specific attention for the issues raised by generativist semantics, i.e. the possibility of formalization and the exact borderline between linguistic meaning and cognition at large.

Keywords:   componential analysis, semantic primitives, lexical functions, Natural Semantic Metalanguage, Generative Lexicon, WordNet, collocation, corpus‐based semantics, Anna Wierzbicka, Ray Jackendoff, John Sinclar, James Pustejovsky Igor Mel'čuk

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