The Lexicon: An Introduction

ISBN : 9780199601547

Elisabetta Jezek
272 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jan 2016
Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics
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The Lexicon provides an introduction to the study of words, their main properties, and how we use them to create meaning. It offers a detailed description of the organizing principles of the lexicon, and of the categories used to classify a wide range of lexical phenomena, including polysemy, meaning variation in composition, and the interplay with ontology, syntax, and pragmatics. Elisabetta Jezek uses empirical data from digitalized corpora and speakers' judgements, combined with the formalisms developed in the field of general and theoretical linguistics, to propose representations for each of these phenomena. The key feature of the book is that it merges theoretical accounts with lexicographic approaches and computational insights. Its clear structure and accessible approach make The Lexicon an ideal textbook for all students of linguisticsatheoretical, applied, and computationalaand a valuable resource for scholars and students of language in the fields of cognitive science and philosophy.


Preface to the English edition

Typographic conventions


1. Basic notions

2. Lexical information

3. The meaning of words

4. The global structure of the lexicon

5. Paradigmatic structures in the lexicon

6. Syntagmatic structures in the lexicon

Concluding observations



About the author: 

Elisabetta Ježek is an associate professor at the University of Pavia, where she has taught syntax and semantics and applied linguistics since 2001. Her research interests include lexical semantics, verb classification, theory of argument structure, event structure in syntax and semantics, lexicon/ontology interplay, word class systems, and computational lexicography. She has edited a number of major works in lexicography and published contributions focusing on the interplay between corpus analysis, research methodology, and linguistic theory.

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