Back to basics: prepositions, schema theory, and the explanatory function of the dictionary

Page655-666
AuthorPiet Swanepoel
TitleBack to basics: prepositions, schema theory, and the explanatory function of the dictionary
AbstractFor most foreign language learners the category of prepositions are notoriously difficult to master. In this paper it will be shown how most dictionaries fail their target audience in describing and explaining the semantics of prepositions. Proceeding from Lakoffs assumption that it is easier to learn, remember and use a lexical item if one knows how its meaning is motivated, and/or what niche it occupies within the ecology of the lexicon, a number of ways will be explored in which dictionaries can enhance the explanation of the semantics of prepositions with the support of the descriptive and explanatory mechanisms offered by hyper media technologies.
SessionPART 9 - Miscellaneous
Keywordsprepositions, cognitive semantics, image schemas, hyperdictionaries, hypermedia technologies
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX98_2-043,
author = {Piet Swanepoel},
title = {Back to basics: prepositions, schema theory, and the explanatory function of the dictionary},
pages = {655-666},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 8th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1998},
month = {aug},
date = {4-8},
address = {Liège, Belgium},
editor = {Thierry Fontenelle, Philippe Hiligsmann, Archibald Michiels, André Moulin, Siegfried Theissen},
publisher = {Euralex},
isbn = {2-87233-091-7},
}
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