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The impression one initially has of lexicology is rather diffuse. As a discipline, it suffers from the fate of either not being noticed at all or of being itself broken down into semi-independent sub-disciplines such as phraseology and mental lexicon.
It is against this background that the handbook identifies and deals with the following aims for academic progression and practical/theoretical research:
The handbook starts off with the two main sections: 'word' and 'vocabulary'. The sense relations act as the threads which bind these two sections together, because their ability to link words in pairs allows us to make successive inroads into the vocabulary. Moving from the term 'word' to the term 'lexical element' forces us into a more detailed investigation of phraseology. Detailed treatments of each of the ways of looking at 'vocabulary' are provided, in view of the ambiguity of the term 'vocabulary' (vocabulary in its relation to a natural language vs. vocabulary in its relation to an individual [mental lexicon] vs. vocabulary in its relation to grammar [lexicon]). Similarly, synchronic and diachronic points of view are taken into account, in order to be able to arrive at an adequate description of the underlying dynamics of the vocabulary of natural languages. In conclusion the present state of lexicology made it necessary to deal thoroughly with questions about the discipline, its methodology and its links with related disciplines.
Key features:– International handbook series– Two volumes offering the current state of research– Fundamental and theoretical approaches of the discipline
D. Alan Cruse is Senior Lecturer at the IRAHE of the University of Manchester, Great Britain. Franz Hundsnurscher is Professor em. at the University of Münster, Germany. Michael Job is Professor at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany. Peter Rolf Lutzeier is Professor at the University of Surrey, Guildford, Great Britain.