The branch of linguistics that's concerned with the study of lexical meaning is called lexical semantics. Other terminology in lexical semantics In discussing semantics, linguists sometimes use the term lexeme (as opposed to word ), so that word can be retained for the inflected variants. In spite of the growing importance of the lexicon in linguistic theory, no overview of the main theoretical trends in lexical semantics is currently available. Semantic properties are the components of meanings of words. What is Lexical Semantics? 182 Lexical Semantics (1) The morning star is the evening star. Lexical and Phrasal Semantics. Meaning Inclusion Meaning Extension Meaning Equation Meaning Inclusion:Polysemy,Entailment and Hyphonmy. An Overview of Lexical Semantics Kent Johnson* University of California, Irvine Abstract This article reviews some linguistic and philosophical work in lexical semantics. Lexical semantics Studies meaning of words Divided into two:Meaning Relations and Lexical Relations 23. Lexical semantics is the study of word meaning. Referential (denotational) theories of meaning focus on how words manage to pick out the set of things Examples and Observations "There is no necessary congruity between the structural and lexical meanings of a word. The field of linguistics is concerned with the study of meaning in language.Linguistic semantics has been defined as the study of how languages organize and express meanings. Thus one can say that the words walk, walks, walked, and walking are different forms of the same lexeme. Descriptively speaking, the main topics studied within lexical semantics involve either the internal semantic structure of words, or the semantic relations that occur within the vocabulary. Meaning Relations is about the interaction of meanings within and across lexical items in the vocab. Lexical semantics is concerned with the meanings of words and the meaning of relationships among words, while phrasal semantics is concerned with the meaning of syntactic units larger than the word. In Section 1, the general methods of lexical semantics are explored, with particular attention to how semantic features of verbs are associated with grammatical patterns. That’s how Mike Aubrey (follow his blog here) puts it in his piece “Linguistic Issues in Biblical Greek” in Linguistics and Biblical Exegesis (p. 182; I would strongly encourage you to read at least pp. The distinction between reference and sense has led to two distinct research traditions in semantics. 173-183 on semantics and lexicography; he had posted a portion of it on his blog). In spite of the growing importance of the lexicon in linguistic theory, no overview of the main theoretical trends in lexical semantics is currently available. ‘Lexical semantics’ is that area of semantics which deals with the meanings of words. The term semantics (from the Greek word for sign) was coined by French linguist Michel Bréal (1832-1915), who is commonly regarded as a founder of modern semantics. (2) Venus is Venus. Theories of Lexical Semantics offers a comprehensive overview of the major traditions of word meaning research in linguistics. 1. This is usually opposed to ‘compositional semantics’, which deals with how the meanings of given words in particular syntactic constructions are composed to derive the meanings of larger syntactic constituents. Within the first set, major phenomena include polysemy (in contrast with vagueness), metonymy, metaphor, and prototypicality. 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