Časopis Slovo a slovesnost
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Slovesná prefixace ve světle Langackerovy kognitivní gramatiky

Zuzana Lehoučková



Verbal prefixation in light of Langacker’s cognitive grammar

Word-formation is the “border zone” between linguistic system and linguistic usage. Langacker’s usage-based approach to language represents an attempt to describe and explain a linguistic system as a product of cognitive processes (e.g. perception, attention, categorization, memory). This paper proposes an alternative approach to the description and explanation of semantic characteristics of Czech verbal prefixes (of the prefix vy- in particular) using Langacker’s ideas as the most important theoretical basis. The variety of semantic behaviour of the Czech prefix vy- is traditionally explained as a rich polysemy of this morpheme or as a loss of its meaning. This paper supposes a multi-level system of schematic verbal concepts (linguistic units) related to the most general meaning of the prefix vy-: “schematic vy-verbs”. Each of them is an abstraction of a category of real vy-verbs. For example, the verbal category vyzuřit se, vyplakat se, vydovádět se, vypsat se, vypovídat se is represented by a schematic vy-verb “vy-V (‘vent emotions’) (se)”. These schematic verbal concepts are considered very important for the process of prefixation, especially in cases of significant semantic difference between simplex and prefixed verb. This approach should be able to identify previously unnoticed semantic relations.

Key words: cognitive linguistics, prefixation, polysemy, Ronald Langacker
Klíčová slova: kognitivní lingvistika, prefixace, polysémie, Ronald Langacker

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Slovo a slovesnost, volume 71 (2010), number 4, pp. 340-349

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