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Modularité du signifié, polarité centre / périphérie et une application de la théorie du prototype dans l’histoire de deux mots latins: ludus et iocus

Author(s): Andrea Nuti

Journal: Studi Linguistici e Filologici Online
ISSN 1724-5230

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 213;
Date: 2005;
Original page

In this paper I propose an application of the prototype theory within the field of lexical semantics and a description of the semantic structure of two Latin words, ludus and iocus. The main purpose of this contribution, whose scope does not involve strong theoretical assessments about the validity of prototype semantics and its status on the ontological / cognitive plan, is rather practical, i.e. to show the high degree of compatibility between a prototype-based analysis and a “classical” approach based on semantic features, as well as to provide a sample of schemas that reflect dynamics of lexical semantics describable in terms of “centre/periphery”. The same, recurring patterns of semantic structuring will appear to occur either at the level of word-internal meaning (i.e. involving features and senses displayed by a single lexeme) as well as at the level of word-external dynamics (i.e. occurring between different words), thus giving hints about a semantic analysis that (however “lexical”) might not be strictly based on the category “word”. While the schemas shown are set according to a synchronic point of view, these schemas aim to show that the semantic configurations involved should nonetheless be regarded as the result of diachronic semantic processes.
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