Varieties of lexical variation

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AuthorDirk Geeraerts
TitleVarieties of lexical variation
AbstractThis paper presents the theoretical backgr ound of a large-scale lexicological research project on lexical variation that was carried out at the university of Leuven in the last three years. The project is situated in the framework of Cognitive Semantics in the sense of Lakoff (1987), Langacker (1990), Geeraerts (1989b), and Taylor (1989); it links up with the explorations of the relevance of prototype theory for lexicography as presented in Geeraerts (1985, 1987, 1989a, 1990). The empirical results of the project will not be presented in detail in this text; see Geeraerts et al. (1994). Rather, the text will concentrate on the definition of the various forms of lexical variation that have to be distinguished. In particular, it will be argued that the classical distinction between semasiology and onomasiology insufficiently distinguishes between alternative categorization as a conceptual phenomenon and formal variation involving variation of a sociolinguistic, contextual nature.
SessionPART 1 - Word meaning / lexical semantics
author = {Dirk Geeraerts},
title = {Varieties of lexical variation},
pages = {78-83},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 6th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1994},
month = {aug-sep},
date = {30-3},
address = {Amsterdam, the Netherlands},
editor = {Willy Martin, Willem Meijs, Margreet Moerland, Elsemiek ten Pas, Piet van Sterkenburg & Piek Vossen},
publisher = {Euralex},
isbn = {90-900-7537-2},