On the borders of semantic invariance: connotation and the dictionary

Page397-403
AuthorKurt Opitz
TitleOn the borders of semantic invariance: connotation and the dictionary
AbstractThroughout its history lexicography has been practised on the assumption of semantic invariance of lexical phenomena within linguistic areas and historic periods. It has seen its chief task and raison d'ĂȘtre in providing invariable denotations. Both, premise and alm, are questioned in this paper. It will be argued that connotation possibly plays a much larger role than denotation in all types of language use, with significant consequences. Lexicography will be shown to have been more committed to theories about language than to actual language activity.
SessionPART 4 - Linguistics in Lexicography
Keywordssemantic invariance, denotation, connotation, lexical concepts, precization, conventionalization
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX92_2-012,
author = {Kurt Opitz},
title = {On the borders of semantic invariance: connotation and the dictionary},
pages = {397-403},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 5th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1992},
month = {aug},
date = {4-9},
address = {Tampere, Finland},
editor = {Hannu Tommola & Krista Varantola,Tarja Salmi-Tolonen & Jurgen Schopp},
publisher = {Tampereen YIiopisto},
isbn = {951-44-3111-1},
}
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