How Words Mean: Lexical Concepts, Cognitive Models, and Meaning Construction. Vyvyan Evans. Abstract. This book is concerned with word meaning , and the. Vyvyan Evans, How Words Mean – Lexical Concepts, Cognitive Models, and Meaning Construction. Oxford: Oxford University Press How words mean: Lexical concepts, cognitive models, and meaning construction. By Vyvyan Evans. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Pp. xviii,

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With its emphasis on the interaction of the linguistic and the conceptual system, the theory takes wrods account the role of the language input during meaning construction whereas others emphasize the role of language output.

It develops an account of how words are understood when we produce and hear language in situated contexts of use.

Alex Sonne is currently reading it Aug 22, It does so by addressing the interaction between non-linguistic concepts and the meanings encoded in language. If the predictions from a hypothesis are not empirically testable and verifiable, the theory remains unscientific and speculative to some degree. Evans overemphasizes theoretical mechanisms and does not try to support his approach with the help of empirical data.

Many chapters deal with the theoretical terms and principles which Evans describes exhaustively and over-detailed. In so doing he also addresses current issues in lexical semantics and semantic compositionality, polysemy, figurative language, and the semantics of time and space, and writes in a way that will be accessible to students of linguistics and cognitive science at advanced undergraduate level and above.


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Vyvyaan Words Mean introduces a new approach to the role of words and other linguistic units in the construction of meaning.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The variable interpretation of word meaning results from a search through the primary cognitive model profile, whereas a figurative conception arises, if a clash in the primary cognitive model profile leads to a search in the secondary cognitive model profile.

How Words Mean – Paperback – Vyvyan Evans – Oxford University Press

The first chapters discuss the received evnas of word meaning, and the account of word meaning provided by LCCM theory. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The Nature of Generalization in LanguageOxford Synthesises and advances recent work in cognitive linguistics and cognitive psychology in terms of the nature of lexical representation and meaning construction. Derek Dewitt marked it as to-read Dec 04, Metaphor and metonymy Words and meaning 2. Koba Lomidze marked it as to-read Dec 01, It proposes two theoretical constructs, the lexical concept and the cognitive model.


LCCM claims to provide an account for the variability in meaning representation, semantic composition and figurative language.

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Part II Lexical Representation.

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Carlos marked it as to-read Apr 06, Paperbackpages. Want to Read saving…. Making New Words R. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The book develops a evan theoretical synthesis building upon developments in cognitive science: Cruse – – Cambridge University Press.