Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
 by Olivier le Guen

Semplates: A Guide to Identification and Elicitation

Semplates are a new descriptive and theoretical concept in lexical semantics, borne out of recent L&C work in several domains. A semplate can be defined as a configuration consisting of distinct layers of lexemes, each layer drawn from a different form class, mapped onto the same abstract semantic template. Within such a lexical layer, the sense relations between the lexical items are inherited from the underlying template. Thus, the whole set of lexical layers and the underlying template form a cross-categorial configuration in the lexicon. The goal of this task is to find new kinds of macrostructure in the lexicon, with a view to cross-linguistic comparison.


Good control of the lexicon of the object language.


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Burenhult, Niclas & Stephen C. Levinson. 2009. Semplates: a guide to identification and elicitation. In Asifa Majid (ed.), Field Manual Volume 12, 44-50. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
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