Definitions of Words in Everyday Communication: Associative Meaning from the Pragmatic Point of View

Page723-734
AuthorSvitlana Pereplotchykova
TitleDefinitions of Words in Everyday Communication: Associative Meaning from the Pragmatic Point of View
AbstractIn their interactions with others, people try to be cooperative if they want to be understood by their interlocutor(s). Spontaneous speech presupposes a good command of the language in use, but the overall meaning of certain words, their recognizability (visibility), is closely connected with the associations that the real-world objects they denote or the words themselves have acquired and are true for particular social groups. In the word-based games of the original TV show Hollywood Game Night and its Greek version Celebrity Game Night, the players provide their associations with the objects of reality in question or the words denoting them in order to convey the information effectively. The results of this research comprise an overview of how speakers of different languages process and understand words, and how different associations and verbalizations can be not only among languages but also among those who speak the same language but belong to different social groups. The analysis of these associations allows us to explain which elements of the information they provide can help us to understand each other correctly, which are the factors that make interlocutors choose this or that association, and why sometimes they fail to elicit the information they ask for, to explain what they mean.
SessionVARIOUS TOPICS
Keywordssalience, association, associative meaning, definition of words, communication, English, Modern Greek, semantic
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX2018-059,
author={Svitlana Pereplotchykova},
title={Definitions of Words in Everyday Communication: Associative Meaning from the Pragmatic Point of View},
pages={723-734},
booktitle={Proceedings of the XVIII EURALEX International Congress: Lexicography in Global Contexts},
year={2018},
month={jul},
date={17-21},
address={Ljubljana, Slovenia},
editor={Jaka ─îibej, Vojko Gorjanc, Iztok Kosem, Simon Krek},
publisher={Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts},
isbn={978-961-06-0097-8}, }
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