Semantic Profile as a Source of Polysemy: Insight from the Spatial-Configuration Verb fang in Mandarin

Mei-Chun Liu, Jui-ching Chang

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Abstract

This study provides a linguistic insight to the issue of polysemy. It shows that semantic profile, an important cognitive mechanism, may be the source of verbal polysemy. With a close examination of corpus distribution of the high-frequency verb [fang], we find that the diverse range of semantically and constructionally distinct uses of fang can be viewed as profiling different stages of a motion-initiated event chain. We therefore propose that a multifaceted verb such as fang may involve a cognitively salient sequence of events as its conceptual basis and the various senses of the verb may highlight various portions of the lexical base as a result of semantic profile.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHINESE LEXICAL SEMANTICS (CLSW 2015)
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Pages24-32
Number of pages9
Volume9332
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-27194-1, 978-3-319-27193-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Keywords

  • Lexical semantics
  • Mandarin fang
  • Semantic profile
  • Polysemy

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    Liu, M-C., & Chang, J. (2015). Semantic Profile as a Source of Polysemy: Insight from the Spatial-Configuration Verb fang in Mandarin. In CHINESE LEXICAL SEMANTICS (CLSW 2015) (Vol. 9332, pp. 24-32). (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27194-1_3