conceptual semantics

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Synonyms for conceptual semantics

the branch of semantics that studies the cognitive aspects of meaning

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In the tiernet system of conceptual semantics developed by Nikanne (1990; 1995; 1997; 2002; 2005 etc.
The semantic role theory of conceptual semantics involves an additional level of argument positions, the action tier (about the detailed formation of the action tier, see Jackendoff 1990; Nikanne 1995).
As mentioned above, no level is in conceptual semantics assumed to be derived from each other; therefore, the central research question is the correspondence between the representations.
An important remark is that in conceptual semantics, linking between representations is not assumed to be one-to-one.
The causative relations are in the tiernet approach, and in conceptual semantics in general, analysed as a relationship between a causer (an animate or inanimate thing or an event) or a causing event and a caused event.
This definition is in accordance with the assumption of conceptual semantics of regular (default) and irregular (construction-specific) syntactico-semantic mappings (10) (Nikanne 2005).
A conceptual semantics description of this phenomenon is presented in an example with a causative emotion verb in (32) and its underived variant in (33):
The choice of the conceptual semantics methodology as the basis of the analysis has as purpose to demonstrate that an explicit formal description of the conceptual structure and the linking system of verbs can be used to generalise the salient features of both prototype structures and constructions of complex derivative verbs.
I underline "potentially" because there is no reason why COARSE CONCEPTUAL SEMANTICS may not be appropriate at times, as for instance in the suggested underspecified approach to restriction (A:{B}).
The logic is, if whatever is conceptual is considered OUTSIDE the grammar, then more than just conceptual semantics might find itself out in the cognitive cold.
Fortescue (2004), for instance, states that the notation is psychologically inadequate for a cognitive-functional theory like FDG, because it is discordant with conceptual semantics.
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