By Dagmar Divjak

Given that we lack sensory-motor event for summary techniques, how will we discover what they suggest? How a long way do we get via monitoring frequency distributions in enter? the amount tackles the query of what language has to supply the language learner in his/her quest for that means, and explicitly addresses how semantic wisdom will be dispensed alongside the continuum from "grammar" to "lexicon". concentration is at the synonymy of buildings and lexemes, a which means relation that has been mostly overlooked in Western linguistics.

Frequency in all its guises performs a tremendous half during this ebook. drawing close that means from a usage-based viewpoint, a significantly distributional method of quantifying which means is proposed that encompasses either the constructional and lexical point. Statistical info research, really new within the box of linguistics, yields a cognitively real looking, clustered version that encourages re-evaluating current money owed of near-synonymy. Theoretical suggestions spanning a number of cognitive linguistic frameworks, i.e. Cognitive Grammar, Radical building Grammar and Prototype concept, account for the complexity of the information and result in a re-appraisal of conventional semantic theory.

Built on a superior empirical starting place, this community account of synonymy on the constructional and lexical point enriches our realizing of demonstrated features of the cognitive version of language, serving as catalyst for his or her additional improvement and refinement. The theoretically knowledgeable mix of descriptive accuracy and methodological innovation makes the publication a priceless learn for cognitive linguists and psycholinguists alike.

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