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Title: Dynamic ter- in Malay (Bahasa Melayu): A study in grammatical polysemy
Contributor(s): Goddard, Cliff  (author)
Publication Date: 2003
DOI: 10.1075/sl.27.2.04god
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Abstract: This paper undertakes a fine-grained semantic analysis of some of the multiple uses of the polyfunctional verbal prefix ter- in Malay (Bahasa Melayu), the national language of Malaysia. The analysis is conducted within the natural semantic metalanguage (NSM) framework originated by Anna Wierzbicka, supported by examples drawn from a large corpus of naturally occuring Malay texts. The main goals are to accurately describe the full range of meanings, and to decide to what extent apparent differences are contextually-induced as opposed to being semantically encoded. In the end, seven distinct but interrelated lexico-semantic schemas are identified, constituting a network of grammatical polysemy.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Studies in Language, 27(2), p. 287-322
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Place of Publication: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ISSN: 1569-9978
Field of Research (FOR): 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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