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Polysemy or generality? Mu

Zlatev, Jordan LU (2003) In Cognitive Approaches to Lexical Semantics 23. p.447-494
Abstract
This chapter proposes a conception of lexical meaning as use-potential, in contrast to prevailing atomistic and reificational views. The issues are illustrated on the example of spatial expressions, pre-eminently prepositions. It is argued that the dichotomy between polysemy and semantic generality is a false one, with expressions occupying points on a continuum from full homonymy to full monosemy, and with typical cases of polysemy falling in between. The notion of use-potential is explored in connectionist models of spatial categorization. Some possible objections to the use-potential approach are also addressed.
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connectionist modeling, creativity, epigenesis, hermeneutics, meaning-holism, monosemy, polysemy, semantic generality, situatedness, spatial expressions, use-potential
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Cognitive Approaches to Lexical Semantics
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Cuyckens, Hubert; Dirven, René and Taylor, John R.
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23
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447 - 494
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Mouton de Gruyter
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3-11-017709-9
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English
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  author       = {Zlatev, Jordan},
  editor       = {Cuyckens, Hubert and Dirven, René and Taylor, John R.},
  isbn         = {3-11-017709-9},
  keyword      = {connectionist modeling,creativity,epigenesis,hermeneutics,meaning-holism,monosemy,polysemy,semantic generality,situatedness,spatial expressions,use-potential},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {447--494},
  publisher    = {Mouton de Gruyter},
  series       = {Cognitive Approaches to Lexical Semantics},
  title        = {Polysemy or generality? Mu},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2003},
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