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Discussion on the paper by S.C. Levinson & N. Burenhult (2009) "Semplates: A new concept in lexical semantics?"

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This short report draws attention to an interesting kind of configuration in the lexicon that seems to have escaped theoretical or systematic descriptive attention. These configurations, which we dub SEMPLATES , consist of an abstract structure or template, which is recurrently instantiated in a number of lexical sets, typically of different form classes. A number of examples from different language families are adduced, and generalizations made about the nature of semplates, which are contrasted to other, perhaps similar, phenomena.

Published in: Language – Volume 85, Number 1, March 2009, pp. 153-174 Online Access: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/language/summary/v085/85.1.levinson.html

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