More on Categories: Words, Morphemes, ‘Grammar Rules’, Phonological Features and Intonation Patterns as Radial Categories

  • Jeannette Littlemore


In the previous chapter we began to look at cognitive linguistic approaches to ‘linguistic categories’. In recent years, the concept of linguistic categories has been used to account for the polysemous nature of individual words, morphemes, parts of speech, and even intonation patterns. According to cognitive linguists, the different senses of a word operate within a radial category, and they are linked through processes such as metaphor and metonymy.


Native Speaker Language Learner Basic Sense Grammar Rule Transitive Verb 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Jeannette Littlemore 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeannette Littlemore
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  1. 1.University of BirminghamUK

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