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LINGUIST List 25.3306

Tue Aug 19 2014

Books: The Cognitive Perspective on the Polysemy of the English Spatial Preposition Over: Brenda

Editor for this issue: Sara Couture <saralinguistlist.org>

Date: 19-Aug-2014
From: Chris Humphrey <chumphreyc-s-p.org>
Subject: The Cognitive Perspective on the Polysemy of the English Spatial Preposition Over: Brenda
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Title: The Cognitive Perspective on the Polysemy of the English Spatial
Preposition Over
Published: 2014
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
                http://www.cambridgescholars.com/

Book URL: http://bit.ly/1oO0CY4

Author: Maria Brenda
Hardback: ISBN: 9781443860475 Pages: 311 Price: ---- 52.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9781443860475 Pages: 311 Price: ---- 90.99
Abstract:

This volume investigates the English spatial preposition over and prepositions in general, frequently regarded as function words with little semantic content, and shows that they encode rich and diverse information, both grammatical and semantic. An important research endeavor which the present study undertakes is an examination of whether the meaning of the preposition over is in fact complex enough for the preposition to be treated as a lexical unit rather than merely a functional one. In order to achieve that goal, the gathered linguistic material is analyzed first and foremost in terms of its semantic content; that is, the geometric relations between the trajector and landmark, and the functional consequences of such relations. The research into the morphology of prepositions reveals a considerable area of overlap between prepositions and adverbs, adverbial particles, and prefixes, as well as nouns, verbs and adjectives. The discussion of the syntax of prepositions is illustrated with labeled tree diagrams of selected sentences to show how the preposition over and the prepositional phrases it heads are embedded in larger structures of the English sentence. An important finding of the present study is the confirmation that the spatial preposition over encodes a broad range of geometrical and functional relations, as well as rich grammatical information. This book will be of interest to students and researchers interested in semantic and conceptual aspects of prepositions, meaning construction, human cognition, and management of space.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Morphology
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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