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The polysemy of agent nouns: diachronic, synchronic and contrastive evidence from French and Swedish
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of French, Italian and Classical Languages.
2011 (English)In: STUF - Language Typology and Universals, ISSN 1867-8319, Vol. 64, no 1, 53-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study addresses Agent polysemy diachronically, synchronically, and contrastively. It examines the semantic structure of three French agentive formations, [VN/A]N/A compounds, and derivations with -eur and -ant. The semantics of four Swedish agentive formations which correspond to French [VN/A]N/A compounds are also studied. My results suggest that the polysemy of Agent is not uniformly hierarchically structured, with the Agent on top, for different agentive formations. They do not confirm that semantic extension emanates from the Agent. Instead, they speak in favour of blocking as the most plausible explanation for Agent polysemy and meaning extension.


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Berlin: Akademie Verlag , 2011. Vol. 64, no 1, 53-64 p.
Keyword [en]
agentive formations, semantic extension, polysemy, French, Swedish
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics Specific Languages
Research subject
General Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-53026OAI: diva2:389628
Available from: 2011-01-19 Created: 2011-01-19 Last updated: 2011-02-02Bibliographically approved

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