The Polysemous Relationships between the Senses of the Verbal Root ḥzḳ

Representing the senses of the verbal root ḥzḳ as a list or, as many existing lexicons do, in terms of root formations, does not do justice to the polysemy of this verbal root. Basic insights from cognitive semantics — many of which can be linked up with the 'common sense' wisdom of tradit...

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Main Author: Merwe, Christo H. J. van der 1957- (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language: English
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Published: [2018]
In: Biblica
Year: 2018, Volume: 99, Issue: 3, Pages: 311-333
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains: B Old Testament / Hebrew language / Verb / ḥzḳ / Polysemy
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Summary: Representing the senses of the verbal root ḥzḳ as a list or, as many existing lexicons do, in terms of root formations, does not do justice to the polysemy of this verbal root. Basic insights from cognitive semantics — many of which can be linked up with the 'common sense' wisdom of traditional historical-philological semantics — are used to argue that the extensions of the senses of ḥzḳ tend to cluster around three prototypes, two of which represent a mapping from concrete to abstract, and one the conventionalization of a formal pattern. Each of the three prototypes generates its own concrete to figurative mappings and conceptual blends.
ISSN: 2565-7070
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.99.3.3285364
Persistent identifiers: DOI "10.2143/BIB.99.3.3285364"