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Lexical Semantics

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Author(s): Hovav, Malka Rappaport
1. What is Lexical Semantics? ‘Lexical semantics’ is that area of semantics which deals with the meanings of words. This is usually opposed to ‘compositional semantics’, which deals with how the meanings of given words in particular syntactic constructions are composed to derive the meanings of larger syntactic constituents. As an area of inquiry lexical semantics aims to do more than just specify the meanings of individual words, but rather to explore whether there is linguistically relevant interna…