Lexicology and Corpus Linguistics

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The book begins with a survey of lexicology by Halliday. He reviews basic issues in defining and understanding the word as a unit of language, but also includes brief accounts of lexicology in India, China and the Islamic world. Halliday introduces the notion of "corpus" and opens the way for a rethinking of the nature of words and language. The central section of the book, by Teubert and Yallop, expands a number of traditional issues in the study of words and their meanings, from common misconceptions about the "real meaning" of words to the relationship between language and reality and the problems raised by comparing different languages. This section both problematizes the issues and develops a functional and social perspective on meaning.

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