ERIC Number: EJ878374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
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Semplates: A New Concept in Lexical Semantics?
Levinson, Stephen C.; Burenhult, Niclas
Language, v85 n1 p153-174 Mar 2009
This short report draws attention to an interesting kind of configuration in the lexicon that seems to have escaped theoretical or systematic descriptive attention. These configurations, which we dub SEMPLATES, consist of an abstract structure or template, which is recurrently instantiated in a number of lexical sets, typically of different form classes. A number of examples from different language families are adduced, and generalizations made about the nature of semplates, which are contrasted to other, perhaps similar, phenomena.
Descriptors: Language Patterns, Semantics, Form Classes (Languages), Vocabulary Development, Generalization, Language Classification
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