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Lexical Fields Theory and Greek
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Lexical field theory proposes a technique for representing lexical meaning as flat planes cast over experience. The theory offers attractive possibilities for plotting the meanings of words and groups of words schematically, but it involves the danger that interpreters will remain trapped in the semantic categories of their own mother tongue because of the intuitively-driven categorization that they have applied to the initial constitution of the field itself.  

How do we plot the meaning of a word in an ancient language…

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Michael Clarke, “Lexical Fields Theory and Greek”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000214>
First published online: 2013

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