Linguistics/Psychology 315/515
Prof. Suzanne Kemmer
Spring 2009

Course information
Course schedule
Reading list (this page)
Links to research

Readings, with full references

For each date in the Course Schedule, read the material specified for that date.

The required readings will generally be made available in .pdf form on the Ling/Psych 315 Owlspace site for use online or printing out. The references below will allow you to obtain them yourself in hard copy via the library or, if you find some of the book items of more extended interest, book purchase.

Some dates in the Course Schedule might list a recommended reading. These are related readings for those interested in going deeper into the subject, and for graduate students who are planning to specialize in semantics. The full list of recommended and other relevant readings in semantics is given under Other References below the reading list. I have copies of almost all the Other References to lend for photocopying.

Tentative list for 2009

1. Bolinger, Dwight. 1975 [1968]. Meaning. The Segmentation of Reality. Excerpt from Aspects of language Chapter 7, 2nd edition. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 185-192.

2. Tyler, Stephen A. 1969. Order out of chaos. In Cognitive anthropology. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, pp. 6-13.

3. Lehrer, Adrienne. 1974. Semantic fields. In Semantic fields and lexical structure. Amsterdam & London: North Holland Publishing. New York: American Elsevier Publishing Co., pp. 15-35.

4. Fillmore, Charles. 1978. On the organization of semantic information in the lexicon. In Papers from the parasession on the lexicon. Chicago Linguistic Society, ed. by Donka Farkas, Wesley Jacobsen, and Karol Todrys. Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society (Dept. of Linguistics, University of Chicago), pp. 165-173.

5. Fillmore, Charles. 1975. An alternative to checklist theories of meaning. In Proceedings of the first annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, ed. by Cathy Cogen et al. Berkeley: Berkeley Linguistics Society, Dept. of Linguistics, U.C. Berkeley, pp. 123-131.

6. Clark, Eve V. and Herbert H. Clark. 1978 [1977]. Universals, relativity, and language processing. In Universals of human language, ed. by Joseph H. Greenberg, Vol. I. Stanford: Stanford University Press, pp. 225-277. (Reprinted from Psychology and Language by Eve V. Clark and Herbert H. Clark, Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich, 1977.)

7. Slobin, Dan. Thinking for Speaking.

8. Radden, Guenter, and Rene Dirven. 2006.

9. Turner, Mark. 1996 Projecting image schemas; Conceptual blending. 3 excerpts from The Literary Mind, Oxford University Press. Chapter 2: Image Schemas; Projection and other cognitive tools;

10. Oakley, Todd. Image Schemas. In The Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics ed. by Dirk Geeraerts and Hubert Cuyckens. Mouton: 2006. 11. Turner, Mark. 1996. Chapter 5: Creative blends; Chapter 6: Many spaces. 12. Excerpt (for illustration of image schemas) Lakoff George. 1987. Case Study 2: Over. In Women, Fire, and dangerous things: What categories reveal about the mind. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Full article: pp. 416-461. Excerpt handed out in class.

13. Talmy, Leonard. Lexicalization patterns: Semantic structure in lexical forms. In Timothy Shopen, ed., Language typology and syntactic description. Vol. 3, Grammatical categories and the lexicon. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 57-76 and 102-125.

Readings not covered but recommended:

Lakoff, George, and Mark Johnson. 1980. Concepts we live by; The Systematicity of metaphorical concepts; Highlighting and hiding; Orientational metaphors. In Metaphors we live by Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 3-21.

Wierzbicka, Anna. 1985. Cups and mugs: The semantics of simple artifacts. In Lexicography and conceptual analysis. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Karoma Publishers pp. 1-40.

Traugott, Elizabeth. 1985. On regularity in semantic change. In Journal of Literary Semantics 14. Institute of Languages and Linguistics, University of Kent at Canterbury, England: Julius Groos, pp. 155-173.

Other References

Mentioned in class and/or in readings; or otherwise very relevant.

Bierwisch, Manfred. 1970. Semantics. In New Horizons in Linguistics, ed. by John Lyons. Hammondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books, pp. 166-184.

Bolinger, Dwight. 1965. The Atomization of Meaning. Language 41(4):555-573.

Katz, J.J. and J. Fodor. 1963. The Structure of a Semantic Theory. Language 39.

Langacker, Ronald. 1988. A view of linguistic semantics. In Topics in Cognitive Linguistics, ed. by Brygida Rudzka-Ostyn. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 49-90.

Lee, David. Chapter from An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics.

Miller, George, and Christiane Fellbaum. 1991. Semantic networks of English. In Lexical and conceptual semantics, ed. by Beth Levin and Steven Pinker. Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, pp. 197-229.

Palmer, F.R. Logic and Language. From Semantics.

Rosch, Eleanor. 1978. Principles of categorization. In Cognition and categorization, ed. by E. Rosch and B. Lloyd. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, pp. 27-48.

Ullman, Stephen. 1962. Ambiguity. Chapter 3 of Semantics: An introduction to the science of meaning. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

Ullman, Stephen. 1962. Meaning change. Chapter 8 of Semantics: An introduction to the science of meaning, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, pp. 193-235.

Ungerer, Friedrich, and Hans-Joerg Schmidt. 1996. An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics. London and New York: Longman.

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