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dc.contributor.authorGoddard, Cliffen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T13:41:37Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T13:41:37Z
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.date.modified2013-06-27T00:43:46Z
dc.identifier.issn1613396Xen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1515/ling-2012-0022en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/46996
dc.description.abstractThe Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) approach has a long track record in cross- linguistic lexical semantics (Wierzbicka 1992, 1996, 1999; Goddard 1998, 2005, 2006, 2008; Harkins and Wierzbicka 2001; Goddard and Wierzbicka 2002; Peeters 2006; Gladkova 2010; Ye 2007a, 2007b, 2010; Bromhead 2009, 2011; Wong 2005, 2010; and other works). It is therefore not surprising that it has a clear theoretical position on key issues in lexical semantic typology and a well-developed set of analytical techniques. From a theoretical point of view, the overriding issue concerns the tertium comparationis. What are the optimal concepts and categories to support the systematic investigation of lexicons and lexicological phenomena across the world's languages? To this question, the NSM approach offers the following answer: the necessary concepts can-and must-be based on the shared lexical-conceptual core of all languages, which NSM researchers claim to have discovered over the course of a thirty-five year program of empirical cross-linguistic semantics. This shared lexical- conceptual core is the mini-language of semantic primes and their associated grammar. In addition, over the past 10 or so years, NSM researchers have developed certain original analytical constructs which promise to enhance the power and systematicity of the approach: in particular, the notions of semantic molecules and semantic templates. This paper sets out to explain and illustrate these notions, to report some key analytical findings (updated, in many cases, from previously published accounts), and to extrapolate their implications for the further development of lexical typology.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherWalter de Gruyteren_US
dc.publisher.placeGermanyen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom711en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto743en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue3en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalLinguisticsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume50en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLinguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode200408en_US
dc.titleSemantic primes, semantic molecules, semantic templates: Key concepts in the NSM approach to lexical typologyen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Languages and Linguisticsen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2012 Walter de Gruyter & Co. KG Publishers. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.en_US
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