Relational Semantics and the Anatomy of Abstraction

1st Edition

Tamar Sovran

Routledge
Published February 5, 2018
Reference - 200 Pages
ISBN 9781138548732 - CAT# K375893
Series: Routledge Studies in Linguistics

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Summary

This book presents a study of meaning relations, linking the philosophical tradition of conceptual analysis with recent theories and methodologies in cognitive semantics. Its main concern is the extent to which analyzing meaning relations between cognate words reveal the infrastructure of the actual and mental lexicon, assuming that language mirrors thought. Sovran aims to elucidate their infrastructure and the metaphorical and perceptual models that constitute abstract concepts, dealing finally with the role of abstraction in poetic metaphors. Overall, this volume addresses major contemporary issues in the philosophy of language and theoretical semantics.

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