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Polysemy
(891 words)

Abstract

Polysemy is the property of any element of language of having different meanings. Usually it is dealt with in the study of lexical semantics, but it is also found in grammatical morphemes and word formation patterns. The limits of polysemy and homonymy are not straightforward and what originally were two meanings of a polysemous word can be perceived by the speakers as two different words. Due to the cognitive organization of the human mind, polysemy is…

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Eugenio R. Luján, “Polysemy”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 26 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000515>
First published online: 2013



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