Rewarding: Propositional semantic model of a conceptual category. Collocations with the nouns PRIZE and NAGRODA Cover Image
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Rewarding: Propositional semantic model of a conceptual category. Collocations with the nouns PRIZE and NAGRODA
Rewarding: Propositional semantic model of a conceptual category. Collocations with the nouns PRIZE and NAGRODA

Author(s): Katarzyna Kokot-Góra
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Semantics
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The aim of the article is to reconstruct a conceptual category through propositional semantics model, that is, taking into account predicate-argument structures encoded in the lexical meaning of such verbal units as Pol nagradzać/nagrodzić and Eng award/reward as well as abstract nouns Pol nagroda and Eng prize. The article will concentrate on a contrastive analysis of collocations with the abstract nouns prize and nagroda with a noun component. The research will focus on description and cognitive interpretation of semantic functions of participants in a cognitive model of the situation of awarding, including the obligatory (subject, addressee, instrument/means, reason) as well as facultative elements (e.g., aim). The novelty is introduced by establishing a category of semantic syncretism, that is, syncretic realization of a number of semantic functions in one argument position. The results show, inter alia, that the propositional-semantic analysis of a conceptual category cannot be limited to language corpora and linguistic competence (e.g., lexical) and that it should include knowledge of situational patterns as well as experiential foundation, that is, information on alternative forms of realization of the same situational pattern. Data for the study was excerpted from two corpora: NKJP (Narodowy Korpus Języka Polskiego – National Corpus of Polish) and COCA (Corpus of Contemporary American English).

  • Page Range: 71-81
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: English