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A meaning potential approach to lexical meaning: the case of bit
Lund University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6800-9050
2016 (English)In: English Language and Linguistics, ISSN 1360-6743, E-ISSN 1469-4379, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 85-106Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article offers a description of a particular lexical item, the English word bit, from a meaning potential perspective making use of the framework Lexical meaning as ontologies and construals (LOC). The lexical semantics for bit is described not in terms of meanings per se, but rather in terms of potential for cueing conceptual structures of varying schematicity, put to use through a range of cognitive processes, or construals. The article concludes that some conceptual structures are quite fundamental to bit’s use and that their construal is highly flexible and contextually sensitive. The semantic structures evoked by bit are realized through particular communicative and discursive settings, and these semantic structures provide the raw material for all its situated meanings in response to communicative demands. Ultimately, a meaning potential perspective, in particular the model for describing and explaining lexical meaning adopted in this article, facilitates a rich and explicatory description of bit, both as regards its fundamental structures and their construal in attested language use.

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Cambridge University Press, 2016. Vol. 20, no 1, p. 85-106
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-153781DOI: 10.1017/S1360674315000283ISI: 000387497200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-153781DiVA, id: diva2:1267549
Available from: 2018-12-03 Created: 2018-12-03 Last updated: 2018-12-14Bibliographically approved

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