At 02:31 AM 13/02/01 -0000, Brian Moss wrote:
>So they progress from a simple mapping of a word to an action
>to a complex multi-word description. Has anyone looked at the
>in-between stages? Sounds like a strategy where you first
>make a simple connection and then add exception clauses. [...]
>Are the holophrastic words
>arbitrary? If not it seems they'd be very restricted.
There's a *huge* literature on all this, which alas I don't know well so
can't offer any further pointers. Jerome Bruner has worked in this area,
and his books are readable.
I'd suggest as a first pass on the web the essay at
"Semantic Development and Semantic Change
with special reference to metaphor and metonymy
An overview of theories from 1950 to 1990"
by Brigitte Nerlich
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