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Corpus Analysis and Lexical Pragmatics: An Overview

Kolaiti, P; Wilson, D; (2014) Corpus Analysis and Lexical Pragmatics: An Overview. International Review of Pragmatics , 6 (2) 211 - 239. 10.1163/18773109-00602002. Green open access

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Lexical pragmatics studies the processes by which lexically encoded meanings are modified in use; well-studied examples include lexical narrowing, approximation and metaphorical extension. Relevance theorists have been trying to develop a unitary account on which narrowing, approximation and metaphorical extension are all explained in the same way. While there have been several corpus-based studies of metaphor and a few of hyperbole or approximation, there has been no attempt so far to test the unitary account using corpus data. This paper reports the results of a corpus-based investigation of lexical-pragmatic processes, and discusses the theoretical issues and challenges it raises.

Type: Article
Title: Corpus Analysis and Lexical Pragmatics: An Overview
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1163/18773109-00602002
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/18773109-00602002
Language: English
Additional information: © The authors 2014. Final published version available from Brill: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/18773109-00602002
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1453676
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