25.3306, Books: The Cognitive Perspective on the Polysemy of the English Spatial Preposition Over: Brenda

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Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:46:36
From: Chris Humphrey [chumphrey at c-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 
Publication Year: 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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