Polysemy and Co-predication

Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics (forthcoming)
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Abstract

Many word forms in natural language are polysemous, but only some of them allow for co-predication, that is, they allow for simultaneous predications selecting for two different meanings or senses of a nominal in a sentence. In this paper, we try to explain (i) why some groups of senses allow co-predication and others do not, and (ii) how we interpret co-predicative sentences. The paper focuses on those groups of senses that allow co-predication in an especially robust and stable way. We argue, using these cases, but focusing particularly on the multiply polysemous word ‘school’, that the senses involved in co-predication form especially robust activation packages, which allow hearers and readers to access all the different senses in interpretation.

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Marina Ortega
Universidad de Granada
Marina Ortega
University of the Basque Country
Agustin Vicente
University of the Basque Country

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