Synopses & Reviews
'The semantic behavior of words has been greatly neglected in current literature, which has tended to emphasize sentential semantics and its relation to formal systems of logic. This textbook establishes the essential facts about lexical relations that any formal theory of semantics will encompass.'
This text discusses the meaning of words. The author establishes the descriptive and generalizable facts about lexical relations that any formal theory of semantics will have to encompass, then goes on to discuss such topics as idiomaticity, lexical ambiguity, and synonymy.
Lexical Semantics is about the meaning of words. Although obviously a central concern of linguistics, the semantic behavior of words has been unduly neglected in the current literature, which has tended to emphasize sentential semantics and its relation to formal systems of logic.
Table of Contents
Typographic conventions; Preface; 1. A contextual approach to lexical semantics; 2. The syntagmatic delimitation of lexical units; 3. The paradigmatic and syntactic delimitation of lexical units; 4. Introducing lexical relations; 5. Lexical configuration; 6. Taxonomies; 7. Meronomies; 8. Non-branching hierarchies; 9. Opposites I: complementaries and antonyms; 10. Opposites II: directional oppositions; 11. Opposites III: general questions; 12. Synonymy; References; Subject index; Author index.