Plastic Glasses and Church Fathers : Semantic Extension From the Ethnoscience Tradition

Plastic Glasses and Church Fathers : Semantic Extension From the Ethnoscience Tradition

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Meaning seems to shift from context to context; how do we know when someone says qgrab a chairq that an ottoman or orange crate will do, but when someone says qlet's buy a chair, q they won't? In Plastic Glasses and Church Fathers, Kronenfeld offers a theory that explains both the usefulness of language's variability of reference and the mechanisms which enable us to understand each other in spite of the variability. Kronenfeld's theory, rooted in the tradition of ethnoscience (or cognitive anthropology), accomplishes three things. First, it distinguishes prototypic referents from extended referents. Second, it describes the various bases of semantic extensions. Finally it details how we use the situational context of usage, the linguistic context of opposition and inclusion, and the conceptual context of knowledge about the world to interpret communicative events.See Ethnic groups Ethnicity 224, 225, 227, 236 analytic problems 224 definitional 224 social 224 re race, culture, nationality 225 ... senses of 171 childa#39;s aquot;bottleaquot; and aquot;handaquot;-generaliza- tion 139 computers and calculators as new signs 186 Conklina#39;s Hanunoo color terms. ... marking 101, 112, 113 driving a manual transmission car, chunking 149, 141, 194 ethnoscience work on componential paradigmsanbsp;...


Title:Plastic Glasses and Church Fathers : Semantic Extension From the Ethnoscience Tradition
Author: Riverside David Kronenfeld Professor of Anthropology University of California
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1996-03-14
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