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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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Cognitive Semantics

Cognitive Semantics

(p.182) 5 Cognitive Semantics
Theories of Lexical Semantics

Dirk Geeraerts (Contributor Webpage)

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The fifth chapter describes cognitive semantics. Cognitive semantics is the psychologically and cognitively oriented approach to semantics that developed from 1980 onwards. Innovations brought to the study of word meaning by cognitive semantics include prototype theory, conceptual metaphors, and frame semantics. Judged by the sheer amount of publications, this is probably the most productive framework in present‐day lexical semantics.

Keywords:   prototype semantics, radial set, polysemy, conceptual metaphor, conceptual metonymy, mental spaces, frame semantics, Idealized Cognitive Model, context, Eleanor Rosch, George Lakoff

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