NEW BOOK: How Words Mean by Vyvyan Evans

Vyv Evans v.evans at
Wed Oct 21 12:57:54 UTC 2009

----------------------NEW BOOK RECENTLY PUBLISHED--------------------

How Words Mean:
Lexical concepts, cognitive models and meaning construction

By Vyvyan Evans
Published September 2009 by Oxford University Press

"How Words Mean" introduces a new approach to the role of words and 
other linguistic units in the construction of meaning. It does so by 
addressing the interaction between non-linguistic concepts and the 
meanings encoded in language. It develops an account of how words are 
understood when we produce and hear language in situated contexts of 
use. It proposes two theoretical constructs, the lexical concept and the 
cognitive model. These are central to the accounts of lexical 
representation and meaning construction developed, giving rise to the 
Theory of Lexical Concepts and Cognitive Models (or LCCM Theory).

The book integrates and advances recent developments in cognitive 
science, particularly in cognitive linguistics and cognitive psychology. 
It advances a framework for the understanding and analysis of meaning 
that is at once descriptively adequate and psychologically plausible. In 
so doing it also addresses current issues in lexical semantics and 
semantic compositionality, polysemy, figurative language, and the 
semantics of time and space, and is written in a way that will be 
accessible to students of linguistics and cognitive science at advanced 
undergraduate level and above.

Part 1 Introduction
1. Words and meaning
2. Towards a new account of word meaning
3. Cognitive linguistics
4. Word meaning in LCCM Theory
Part II Lexical representation
5. Symbolic units
6. Semantic structure
7. Lexical concepts
8. Polysemy
9. Conceptual structure
10. Cognitive models
Part III Semantic compositionality
11. Lexical concept selection
12. Lexical concept integration
13. Interpretation
Part IV Figurative language and thought
14. Metaphor and metonymy
15. The semantics of Time
Part V Conclusion
16. LCCM Theory in context

A sample chapter is available from the author’s website: <>

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