dr. Jenny Audring, Centre for Linguistics, Faculty of Humanities, University Leiden
Jenny Audring is the guest speaker at this ACLC seminar, the title and abstract of this lecture are now available.
Linguistics is traditionally a science of rules. The lexicon, the storehouse of words and phrases not computable by rules, is often associated with unsystematicity and lesser theoretical interest. In this talk I argue that the lexicon is both richer and more systematic than traditionally assumed. I touch on issues of lexical representation and develop the fundamentals of a theory of lexical relations. With the help of familiar data, mainly from English, Dutch, and German, I discuss relations a) between individual complex words, b) between words and morphological schemas, and c) among the schemas themselves. Of special interest are patterns of partial and patterns of multiple relatedness, such as seen in, respectively, words without lexical roots (e.g. Dutch “akkefietje” or English “gamble”) and words with structural ambiguities.
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