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Croatian Journal of Philosophy

Volume 14, Issue 2, 2014

Peter Gärdenfors
Pages 179-194

A Semantic Theory of Word Classes

Within linguistics a word class is defined in grammatical terms as a set of words that exhibit the same syntactic properties. In this paper the aim is to argue that the meanings of different word classes can be given a cognitive grounding. It is shown that with the aid of conceptual spaces, a geometric analysis can be provided for the major word classes. A universal single-domain thesis is proposed, saying that words in all content word classes, except for nouns, refer to a single domain.

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