Poststructuralist models for polysemic signs – The example of ‘love’


CUSIMANO Christophe Gérard L. DUPUIS Joachim

Year of publication 2011
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Journal of Literary and Linguistic Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Linguistics
Keywords post-structuralism; model; virtual; actual; achievment; love; linguistics; philosophy
Description In the present paper, the main intention is to apply new models to polysemic empirical objects, particularly ‘amour’ in French: indeed, we plan to explore, in a novel way, the problem of the plurality of meanings that a word can express. To this purpose, we rely on previous works, particularly on our main publication concerning the topic, “Polysemy: General Semantics Essay,” for which a section is devoted here to recall its main insights. This is followed by a lengthy consideration of the status of models in post-structuralism, which serves as a preparation for the last section, where we try to adapt one of these models to linguistic facts.

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