Pragmatic Apparatus – Polysemy: Pragmatics and sense conventions

Cited by Lee Sonogan

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Abstract by Robyn Carston,

Polysemy, understood as instances of a single linguistic expression having multiple related senses, is not a homogenous phenomenon. There are regular (apparently, rule-based) cases and irregular (resemblance-based) cases, which have different processing profiles. Although a primary source of polysemy is pragmatic inference, at least some cases become conventionalised and linguistically encoded. Three main issues are discussed: (a) the key differences between regular and irregular cases and the role, if any, of a “core meaning”; (b) the distinction between pragmatic polysemy and semantic polysemy; and (c) the role of syntactic meaning in both generating and constraining polysemy.

Publication: Mind & Language (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

Pub date: 31, Dec, 2020 Doi:

Keywords: linguistics, pragmatics, semantics, sense convention (Plenty more sections and references in this research article)

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