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The Lexicon



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  • Date Published: January 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521547956

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  • What is the lexicon, what does it contain, and how is it structured? What principles determine the functioning of the lexicon as a component of natural language grammar? What role does lexical information play in linguistic theory? This accessible introduction aims to answer these questions, and explores the relation of the lexicon to grammar as a whole. It includes a critical overview of major theoretical frameworks, and puts forward a unified treatment of lexical structure and design. The text can be used for introductory and advanced courses, and for courses that touch upon different aspects of the lexicon, such as lexical semantics, lexicography, syntax, general linguistics, computational lexicology and ontology design. The book provides students with a set of tools which will enable them to work with lexical data for all kinds of purposes, including an abundance of exercises and in-class activities designed to ensure that students are actively engaged with the content and effectively acquire the necessary knowledge and skills they need.

    • The book is structured so the contents can be easily customised to a specific course level, set of objectives or requirements, with a brief cross-reference guide for instructors
    • No single linguistic framework is assumed, so instructors can easily adapt the materials to their specific theoretical allegiance
    • Includes a wide range of exercises per chapter, with 'Discuss' items specifically tailored for in-class activities and group discussion
    • Uses a syntactic approach to lexical data, with special emphasis on syntactically relevant lexical features, to help students relate the content of this course to their background in syntactic theory
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    'A landmark work that explores the lexicon in impressive breadth and depth. Beautifully written and thoughtfully structured, it will serve as the textbook of choice for a wide range of disciplines, as well as an invaluable resource for workers in theoretical and applied linguistics, who will find inspiration for future research on the lexicon.' Christiane Fellbaum, Princeton University, New Jersey

    'James Pustejovsky and Olga Batiukova guide us through the complexities of the lexicon and lexical theories, offering a long-awaited comprehensive view of their different facets. A must-have compass for learning what we know about the lexicon and the challenges that still lie ahead.' Alessandro Lenci, Università di Pisa

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521547956
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.89kg
    • contains: 101 b/w illus. 39 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Lexicon in Linguistic Theory:
    1. Introduction
    2. Lexicon and syntax
    3. Lexicon in syntactic frameworks
    4. Lexicon and semantics
    5. Lexicon in semantic frameworks
    Part II. Lexical Structures:
    6. The structure of a lexical entry
    7. Semantic typing and decomposition
    8. Argument structure
    9. Lexical aspect, tense, and modality
    Part III. Lexicon as a System:
    10. General architecture of the lexicon
    11. Compositionality in the mapping from the lexicon to syntax
    Answers to selected exercises
    Online resources
    Subject index
    Name index.

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    James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University, Massachusetts
    James Pustejovsky is the TJX Feldberg Chair in Computer Science at Brandeis University, Massachusetts, where he is also Chair of the Linguistics Program, Chair of the Computational Linguistics M.A. Program, and Director of the Lab for Linguistics and Computation. His research interests include semantics and the lexicon, temporal and spatial reasoning, multimodal communication, language-vision interaction, linguistic annotation, linguistic tool support for the digital humanities, and machine learning.

    Olga Batiukova, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
    Olga Batiukova is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish Philology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where she received her Ph.D. in Spanish Language and General Linguistics. She has researched and published in areas involving lexical theory and its impact on lexicography, syntax-lexicon interface, morphological encoding of lexical information, verbal aspect, and psycholinguistic study of aspectual features.

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