The Semantics of Polysemy

The Semantics of Polysemy : Reading Meaning in English and Warlpiri

  • Electronic book text
By (author) 

List price: US$231.98

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


This comparative investigation of the polysemous senses of English and Warlpiri percussion/impact ('hitting') verbs lays out a novel approach to the study of polysemy in cognitive linguistics. The book's theoretical chapters develop an interpretative rather than a scientific vision of the activity of semantics, problematizing the conceptualist and reductive orientations characteristic of many semantic models. The empirical chapters present a typology of the polysemous senses of English and Warlpiri percussion/impact (or P/I) verbs based on just four types of semantic operation, under which the phenomenon of polysemy emerges as amenable to strikingly concise description. The book is addressed primarily to students and researchers in semantics, cognitive linguistics, English, and Australian more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 487 pages
  • De Gruyter
  • de Gruyter Mouton
  • Berlin, Germany
  • 3110197553
  • 9783110197556

About Nick Riemer

Nick Riemer is Assistant Professor at the Department of English, University of Sydney, more