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Nature of Meaning: A Perspective of Corpus Linguistics.

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2006, 21(), pp.75-104
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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Kim Jin-hae. 2006. Nature of Meaning: A Perspective of Corpus Linguistics. Korean Semantics, 21. This paper explores some theoretical implications that corpus linguistics provides for the nature of meaning. Corpus linguistics would not be confined to either warrant for objectivity to evaluate any thesis fairly or an auxiliary role as a provider of surrounding examples. Language data contribute to linguists not only in supporting their intuitions but in producing new intuitional discoveries. Furthermore, corpus linguistics provides new insights and paradigms. In this perspective, language is not homogeneous, and meanings are defined by discourse communities. This stance renders it dubious to distinguish between basic and extended meanings extensive and intensive meanings linguistic and encyclopedic knowledge and paradigmatic and synthetic relation. This distinction, by the way, has been taken for granted in theoretical linguistics. Corpus linguistics takes a firm holistic stance, assuming that large units such as discourse, context, construction, and pattern define meanings of simple words in it. This linguistics is also related to post-modernism in the sense that it denies prototype and essential meaning as well. Placing its focus on a language game played at the surface level, this discipline recognizes dynamics of structure wherein an agent's activity exists.

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