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The notion

The term “lexicalization” is used in linguistics with a range of different meanings, among which the following two are the most prominent.

The term is used to refer to the realization in a certain language of a certain concept with a single word, as well as to the question of what grammatical properties this word will have (e.g., Talmy 1985). In this sense, for instance, Russian and BCMS can be contrasted in respect of the lexicalization of the concept of a day and night (a da…

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Arsenijević, Boban, “Lexicalization”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief Marc L. Greenberg. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032124>
First published online: 2020

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