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|Title:||Semantic molecules and semantic complexity (with special reference to "environmental" molecules)||Contributor(s):||Goddard, Cliff (author)||Publication Date:||2010||DOI:||10.1075/rcl.8.1.05god||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/7424||Abstract:||In the NSM approach to semantic analysis, semantic molecules are a well-defined set of non-primitive lexical meanings in a given language that function as intermediate-level units in the structure of complex meanings in that language. After reviewing existing work on the molecules concept (including the notion of levels of nesting), the paper advances a provisional list of about 180 productive semantic molecules for English, suggesting that a small minority of these (about 25) may be universal. It then turns close attention to a set of potentially universal level-one molecules from the "environmental" domain ('sky', 'ground', 'sun', 'day', 'night', 'water’ and 'fire'), proposing a set of original semantic explications for them. Finally, the paper considers the theoretical implications of the molecule theory for our understanding of semantic complexity, cross-linguistic variation in the structure of the lexicon, and the translatability of semantic explications.||Publication Type:||Journal Article||Source of Publication:||Review of Cognitive Linguistics, 8(1), p. 123-155||Publisher:||John Benjamins Publishing Company||Place of Publication:||The Netherlands||ISSN:||1877-976X
|Field of Research (FOR):||200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)||Socio-Economic Outcome Codes:||970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture||Peer Reviewed:||Yes||HERDC Category Description:||C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal||Statistics to Oct 2018:||Visitors: 169
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