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The polysemy of agent nouns: diachronic, synchronic and contrastive evidence from French and Swedish
Stockholm University, Department of French, Italian and Classical Langua, Stockholm, Schweden.
2011 (English)In: STUF - Language Typology and Universals, ISSN 1867-8319, Vol. 64, no 1, 53-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study addresses Agent polysemy diachronically, synchronically, and contrastively. It examines the semantic structure of three French agentive formations, [VN/A]N/A compounds, and derivations with ‑eur and ‑ant. The semantics of four Swedish agentive formations which correspond to French [VN/A]N/A compounds are also studied. My results suggest that the polysemy of Agent is not uniformly hierarchically structured, with the Agent on top, for different agentive formations. They do not confirm that semantic extension emanates from the Agent. Instead, they speak in favour of blocking as the most plausible explanation for Agent polysemy and meaning extension.

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Berlin: Akademie Verlag , 2011. Vol. 64, no 1, 53-64 p.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-84852DOI: 10.1524/stuf.2011.0005OAI: diva2:689573
Available from: 2014-01-21 Created: 2014-01-21 Last updated: 2014-02-06Bibliographically approved

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