A semantic theory of word classes (The lecture is given in memory of Peter Bosch)

11.01.2017 - 17:00
11.01.2017 - 19:00

Prof. Dr. Peter Gärdenfors

Filosofiska Institutionen, Lund University, Sweden

Within linguistics a word class is defined in grammatical terms as a set of words that exhibit the same syntactic properties. In this paper the aim is to argue that the meanings of different word classes can be given a cognitive grounding. It is shown that with the aid of conceptual spaces, a geometric analysis can be provided for the major word classes. A universal single-domain thesis is proposed, saying that words in all content word classes, except for nouns, refer to a single domain.