Lexical Analysis

Un libro in lingua di Patrick Hanks edito da Mit Pr, 2013

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In Lexical Analysis, Patrick Hanks offers a wide-rangingempirical investigation of word use and meaning in language. The book fills the need for a lexicallybased, corpus-driven theoretical approach that will help people understand how words go together incollocational patterns and constructions to make meanings. Such an approach is now possible, Hankswrites, because of the availability of new forms of evidence (corpora, the Internet) and thedevelopment of new methods of statistical analysis and inferencing.

Hanks offersa new theory of language, the Theory of Norms and Exploitations (TNE), which makes a systematicdistinction between normal and abnormal usage -- between rules for using words normally and rulesfor exploiting such norms in metaphor and other creative use of language. Using hundreds ofcarefully chosen citations from corpora and other texts, he shows how matching each use of a wordagainst established contextual patterns plays a large part in determining the meaning of anutterance. His goal is to develop a coherent and practical lexically driven theory of language thattakes into account the immense variability of everyday usage and that shows that this variability isrule governed rather than random. Such a theory will complement other theoretical approaches tolanguage, including cognitive linguistics, construction grammar, generative lexicon theory, primingtheory, and pattern grammar.

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