Ling 554
Topics in Semantic Theory:
Advanced Lexical Semantics
Rice University
Suzanne Kemmer

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Questions and Issues

It is claimed in Cognitive semantics that frequency is important in the cognitive makeup of the language user's linguistic network. More frequent items become more entrenched and therefore more "important" in some sense.

Given that polysemy is generally recognized as important in cognitive lexical semantics,

What is the cognitive correlate of a unit's being formally/textually/semantically-pragmatically UNMARKED?

Can we, or should we, distinguish between frequency of a given use, and frequency of the situations that might require that use? Can frequency of situation types be responsible for frequency in collocations, without this having consequences for the linguistic system?

© 2007 Suzanne Kemmer
Last modified 14 March 2007