Wine and Conversation

Wine and Conversation

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The vocabulary of wine is large and exceptionally vibrant - from straight-forward descriptive words like "sweet" and "fragrant", colorful metaphors like "ostentatious" and "brash", to the more technical lexicon of biochemistry. The world of wine vocabulary is growing alongside the current popularity of wine itself, particularly as new words are employed by professional wine writers, who not only want to write interesting prose, but avoid repetition and cliche. The question is, what do these words mean? Can they actually reflect the objective characteristics of wine, and can two drinkers really use and understand these words in the same way? In this second edition of Wine and Conversation, linguist Adrienne Lehrer explores whether or not wine drinkers (both novices and experts) can in fact understand wine words in the same way. Her conclusion, based on experimental results, is no. Even though experts do somewhat better than novices in some experiments, they tend to do well only on winshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 3 colour and 35 black and white line illustrations
  • 0195307941
  • 9780195307948
  • 1,005,827

About Adrienne Lehrer

Adrienne Lehrer is Professor of Linguistics (Emerita), University of Arizona. Lehrer has written on many aspects of lexical semantics: the structures of vocabularies and how words in a language are semantically related to one another. She has used wine descriptors and cooking words to test semantic theories. Recent woek has focused on creative neologisms, especially blends and the meaning of affixes.show more

Table of contents

PART I. THE WINE VOCABULARY; PART II. THE EXPERIMENTS; PART III. FUNCTIONS OF WINE TALKshow more

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