Cognitive Modeling and Verbal Semantics: A Representational by Andrea C. Schalley

By Andrea C. Schalley

This ebook provides a distinct process in the direction of the examine of verbal that means. It develops a frame-work for shooting the semantics of verbs that's in response to the Unified Modeling Language (UML), the lingua franca for the layout and modeling of object-oriented structures in desktop technological know-how. the hot graphical framework combines formal precision with conceptual flexibility and permits the illustration of very advanced info of verbal which means, thereby delivering an answer for various semantic difficulties corresponding to polysemy and context-dependency. in addition to the framework's improvement, the e-book includes a cognitive interpretation of vital modeling components, a dialogue of common matters in reference to and well-elaborated functions of the framework. because the framework is graphical in nature, the publication comprises many annotated figures, and the framework's modeling components are illustrated by way of instance diagrams. not just students operating within the box of linguistics, particularly insemantics, will locate this ebook illuminating as a result of its new graphical method, but additionally researchers of cognitive technological know-how, computational linguistics and computing device technology commonly would definitely get pleasure from it.

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These modeling elements may hold or have ENUMERATION values attached to them. In the UER, it is thus neither the values nor the ENUMERATION types themselves that model the relationships, and we are not dealing with unstructured characterizations. 7 The meaning of lexical items for natural kinds (rather than for eventities or abstract entities) is represented in a vector of four components. Two of these components are relevant to our investigation, namely the one which describes so-called semantic markers and the one which contains the stereotype.

2. Internal structures This section is devoted to a review of some structural features which are manifest in the semantics of verbal lexical items. We will not discuss structural relations between lexical items (cf. ), but conceptual structures evident in the conceptualization of single eventities and thus in the semantics of verbal lexical items. Hence, the issues of this section belong to decompositional approaches to lexical meaning. (For a presentation of some prominent decompositional theories, cf.

34 This archilexeme can, but need not, be lexicalized in the particular language. g. Lehrer and Kittay, "see an important part of the lexical study to look at semantically related words belonging to various parts of speech" (Kittay and Lehrer 1992: 3). As with other structuralistic approaches to lexical semantics, lexical field theory faces the problem of delimiting the entities described, in this case the lexical fields themselves (Langer 1996:30). Moreover, it seems that the decision of which lexemes are members of a lexical field rests upon intuitive grounds in this approach.

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