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The Structure of the Lexicon
Incorporating a cognitive approach in the TCM lexicon, with applications to lexicography, terminology and translation
Marcel Thelen

2012 • 282 pp. 131 illus. 6 x 9"
Language Arts - General / Linguistics

$35.00 Paperback, 978-90-382-1826-7

One of the few scholarly attempts to reconcile a generatively-based approach to the structure of the lexicon with the cognitive approach of Cognitive Grammar

In this book, Marcel Thelen combines the syntax-based structuring principles and the resulting lexicon according to TCM (Two-Cycle Model of Grammar) with the more contemporary cognitive interpretation of the lexicon and mental structures of Cognitive Grammar as developed by Langacker. He discusses issues such as nature/types and applies his insights to the ontological status of concepts, the nature of conceptual structure and polysemy, as well as to other disciplines such as Lexicography, Terminology and Translation.

The modified TCM model that emerges is then compared with Cognitive Grammar on the points of centrality of syntax vs. iconicity, generation of structures vs. inventory of ready-made structures, and transformations vs. links. The conclusion is that these form the most difficult obstacles to remove for further reconciliation.

MARCEL THELEN is a senior lecturer of terminology and translation and head of the School of Translation and Interpreting of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:08:04 -0500