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Title: 'On' and 'on': Verbal explications for a polysemic network
Contributor(s): Goddard, Cliff  (author)
Publication Date: 2002
DOI: 10.1515/cogl.2002.019
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Abstract: The semantics of spatial prepositions has been much studied in cognitive linguistics, but not previously in terms of verbal explication. This article analyses prepositional "on"-constructions which concern the location of one physical object in relation to another (e.g., cup on the table, pendant on a chain, handle on the door, fins on its back), using the natural semantic metalanguage (NSM) framework originated by Anna Wierzbicka. Four semantically discrete categories are identified and each is assigned a verbal paraphrase (explication) framed in the metalanguage of semantic primes. The semantic interrelationships between these meanings are briefly explored.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Cognitive Linguistics, 13(3), p. 277-294
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
Place of Publication: Berlin, Germany
ISSN: 0936-5907
Field of Research (FOR): 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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