Fingerprinting constructions: the cube of form, meaning and context

Principal investigator: Tore Nesset and Julia Kuznetsova

Project title: Fingerprinting constructions: the cube of form, meaning and context

Summary of the project:

This research project investigates relationships between pairs of constructions in terms of their form, meaning and context. We suggest visualizing these three dimensions in terms of a cube, and argue that our Cube Model enables us to integrate ostensibly unrelated phenomena such as synonymy, allomorphy and underspecification into a single semiotic system. At the same time, we argue, the Cube Model goes beyond simple categorical distinctions such as synonymy vs. non-synonymy and offers a more realistic analysis that acknowledges the scalar nature of relationships of form, meaning, and context.

Our argument is based on six detailed case studies from Russian word-formation.

Project duration: 2013 – 2020

Key publications:

Monograph under contract

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