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Form and Meaning of (Indefinite) Pronouns  

Olaf Koeneman and Hedde Zeijlstra

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Apr 2020
The relation between the morphological form of a pronoun and its semantic function is not always transparent, and syncretism abounds in natural languages. In a language like English, for ... More

Copulas in the Romance Languages  

Christopher Pountain

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Mar 2020
Definition of the copula as a discrete grammatical category is problematic. It is the semantically unmarked copulas (simple equivalents of the English verb ‘to be’) which deserve most ... More

Morphology in Japonic Languages  

Taro Kageyama

Due to the agglutinative character, Japanese and Ryukyuan morphology is predominantly concatenative, applying to garden-variety word formation processes such as compounding, prefixation, ... More

Polysemy Versus Homonymy  

Salvador Valera

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Feb 2020
Polysemy and homonymy are traditionally described in the context of paradigmatic lexical relations. Unlike monosemy, in which one meaning is associated with one form, and unlike synonymy, ... More

Morphology and Lexical Semantics  

Réka Benczes

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Dec 2019
The investigation of morphology and lexical semantics is an investigation into the very essence of the semantics of word formation: the meaning of morphemes and how they can be combined to ... More

Semantic Theories of Questions  

Floris Roelofsen

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Oct 2019
This survey article discusses two basic issues that semantic theories of questions face. The first is how to conceptualize and formally represent the semantic content of questions. This ... More

Relevance Theory  

Deirdre Wilson

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Sep 2019
Relevance theory is a cognitive approach to pragmatics which starts from two broadly Gricean assumptions: (a) that much human communication, both verbal and non-verbal, involves the overt ... More

The Acquisition of Word-Formation in the Romance Languages  

Eve V. Clark

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Aug 2019
Several factors influence children’s initial choices of word-formation options––simplicity of form, transparency of meaning, and productivity in current adult speech. The coining of new ... More

Blending in Morphology  

Natalia Beliaeva

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May 2019
Blending is a type of word formation in which two or more words are merged into one so that the blended constituents are either clipped, or partially overlap. An example of a typical blend ... More

Ideophones (Mimetics, Expressives)  

Kimi Akita and Mark Dingemanse

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May 2019
Ideophones, also termed mimetics or expressives, are marked words that depict sensory imagery. They are found in many of the world’s languages, and sizable lexical classes of ideophones are ... More

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