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Organization and Operation of Lexical Meanings and Semantic Relation Informations

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2013, 42(), pp.27-55
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Choi, Kyeong-bong 1

1원광대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study investigated the actions of lexical meanings and semantic relation informations in the sentence and discourse organization and discussed the matters on the generation of meanings and the organization of a mental lexicon. The discussion results can be summarized as follows:In the chapter 2, I divided the research flows of lexical meanings into structuralism, contextualism, and cognitivism and sorted them out. It also explained the patterns of interaction and reform among the three perspectives based on “analogy” and “association,” the two keywords penetrating the three perspectives. The approach led to the two following findings: first, as the hypothesis that individual meanings in a mental lexicon would be saved in a row lost its persuasive power, analogy, association, and calculation process in a mental lexicon started to get attention as a procedure of generating a meaning. Secondly, given the easiness of analogy and association, it will be rational to regard the meanings that are the grounds of analogy and association as linguistic knowledge saved in a mental lexicon. In the chapter 3, I demonstrated that lexical meanings were generated through analogy, association, conventionalization, and calculation and hypothesized that a mental lexicon would be comprised of the meaning storage part and the calculation part. It was hypothesized that while the former would save the meanings remembered and systemized through the pragmatic reinforcement action as well as the meanings that would become the grounds for analogy and association, the latter would implement the saved meanings according to the conditions of contexts. In the chapter 4, I examined the patterns of using vocabulary forming semantic relations and showed that there were cognitive efforts to systemize and perceive pragmatic experiences. It further hypothesized based on those grounds that information about semantic relations would be systemized and saved in a mental lexicon and that the saved information would contribute to the generation of meanings through proportional calculation.

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