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Title: A "lexicographic portrait" of 'forgetting'
Contributor(s): Goddard, Cliff  (author)
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: This study aims to provide a detailed analysis of the English verb 'forget'. It examines its three main clausal complement types ('to'-complement, e.g. 'I forgot to lock the door', 'that'-complement, e.g. 'I forgot that the door was locked', and 'wh'-complement, e.g. 'I forgot where I put the key'), NP-complements, and several more specialised constructions. The picture which emerges is of a set of interrelated lexicogrammatical constructions, each with a specific meaning, forming a polysemic "lexical family". Although the study concentrates on English alone, the semantic differences between the various constructions it has identified make it rather clear that one cannot expect a similar range of meanings to "map across" to apparently similar lexemes in other languages. The method of semantic analysis is the Natural Semantic Metalanguage approach.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: The Language of Memory in a Crosslinguistic Perspective, p. 119-137
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Place of Publication: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ISBN: 9789027223753
Field of Research (FOR): 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Human Cognitive Processing
Series Number : 21
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