Paper: Transfers Of Meaning

ACL ID P93-1025
Title Transfers Of Meaning
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1993

In one form or another, the phenomena associated with "meaning transfer" have become central is- sues in a lot of recent work on semantics. Speaking very roughly, we can partition approaches to the phenomenon along two dimensions, which yield four basic points of departure. In the first two, people have considered transfer in basically se- mantic or linguistic terms. Some have concen- trated on what we might call the paradigmatic aspects of transfer, focusing on the productive lexical processes that map semantic features into features -- for example, the "grinding" rule that applies to turn the names of animals into mass terms denoting their meat or fur. This the ap- proach that's involved in most recent work on "regular polysemy," "systematic polysemy," and the like, for example by Apresj...