Barr, lexicography, and semantic domains: some issues and refinement of semantic domain theory for the development of lexicons

Adams, S. (2007) Barr, lexicography, and semantic domains: some issues and refinement of semantic domain theory for the development of lexicons. In: SBL International Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA, 11-20 November 2007, (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Since Barr’s comments on lexicography in his Semantics of Biblical Languages there have been a number of changes to the study of words, both in the Old and New Testaments. One of the most recent contributions to the lexicographical study of the New Testament is the lexicon created by Louw and Nida using semantic domains. Although this is a great starting point, there are a number of areas in which it could be improved. This paper will attempt to address some of the major critiques of Louw-Nida’s semantic domain theory with specific emphasis on the difficulty in determining what the various semantic domains are and how they should be categorized. Related discussion will revolve around the development of cultural lexicons and the possibility of creating a mental lexicon for an individual author that attempts to map their cerebral lexical connections that are expressed in their particular corpus of work. It is the hope of this paper to also propose some further avenues for research within semantic domain theory.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Adams, Dr Sean
Authors: Adams, S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies

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