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Series: Nerdy Semantics
Where are the boundaries of meaning and of categorisation? Is a pinguin a bird? And what about a table? Is a table also a bird? I mean: Did you know that a banana is a kind of berry, but that strawberries are NOT berries?
(Picture quoted from: Müller, Stefan 2013)
Q:Any book recommendations on mental lexicon?
Hmmm, no. Maybe one of our followers has a good suggestion?
Steven Pinker’s The Language Instinct talks a bit about the mental lexicon and the mental representation of language. There’s also Words in the Mind: An Introduction to the Mental Lexicon by Jean Aitchison.
For more meaty books on the subject, however, I recommend:
- The Generative Lexicon, by James Pustejovsky
- Language and the Lexicon: An Introduction, by David Singleton
- The Mental Lexicon: Core Perspectives, edited by Giona Jarema and Gary Libben
These books tend to hark more on theories and research, and are a step above in their analyses compared to the first two, more introductory textbook-like readings. The Mental Lexicon in particular is a composition of research and writings from various authors, so it’s definitely going to be a bit more technical but will have a fantastic overview of various theories and methodologies.
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My favorite thing in the entire russian language is that the term for “rollercoaster” is literally “American slides”
This gets even funnier when you know that the Italian term for “rollercoaster” is literally “Russian mountains” :P
And is there something like what italians call ‘Russian salad’ (insalata russa) in your language? I’ve heard they call it italian salad in Russia.