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Titel Vague borderlines and fuzzy edges
Looptijd 01 / 2008 - 12 / 2012
Status Afgesloten
URL http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/faculties/humanities/cc2/projects/vbafe.html
Onderzoeknummer OND1332557
Leverancier gegevens Website UvT

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Since the nineties of the past century, words have experienced a resurge of interest, both in the field of language production and interpretation. The traditional view on words, as forms expressing static sets of properties, was threatened by a new conception of words as dynamic complexes of templates in the Generative Lexicon (Pustejovsky, 1995). All criticism apart, an interesting perspective is opened by this approach since the borderline between linguistic and real world knowledge becomes blurred. In the so called qualia structure for a lemma, information occurs that would be traditionally considered to be real world knowledge. The question if and to what degree a sharp division between the two types of knowledge is desirable in linguistic theory, is an empirical one (related to the question whether semantics and pragmatics can or should be separate disciplines). This project will profit from several other projects, as they are expected to answer questions of importance to the division of types of knowledge. These questions are: * To what extend is causality part of (verb) meaning especially as represented in the telic qualia of a word? (experimental research The role of connectives in processing causal relations ) * Taking synonymy as equivalence of meaning in context, what is the role of the (agentive and telic) qualia in establishing synonymy? ( Persuaive effects of stylistic choices in document design ) * If the generative semantic analysis of a word allows for predictions with respect to its relations with context, is it possible to define lexical predestination to becoming a fixed expression? ( Representation and processing of fixed expressions ).

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