This is the entirety of my series of discussion of Charles Ruhl's (1989) monograph On monosemy.
There are bits to be salvaged from Ruhl (1989), perhaps, but it might be easier to start elsewhere entirely.
I fully acknowledge there is certainly an appeal for monosemy as a theoretical construct. The ability to schematize all usages or senses within a single abstract sense does indeed simplified and elegant semantic theory. Such a theory is an attractive prospect for all linguists.
Generative grammar has moved on from its old theories about syntax. Can we please do the same with their semantic theories, too?
How can there be any substantive discussion about language data or linguistic method if we cannot even agree on the history of research? New Testament Greek grammar is simply broken. And nobody seems interested in trying to fix it. So where do we go from here?
The introductory volume on linguistics and exegesis to which I contributed two chapters is finally in print. Linguistics & Biblical Exegesis (Lexham Methods Series) edited by Douglas Mangum & Josh Westbury (Amazon) If I can whet your appetite at all, here's a bit of an excerpt from my discussion of semantics and Greek lexicons/dictionaries: “These... Continue Reading →
Morten H. Christiansen & Nick Chater published an excellent article in Nature yesterday: Toward an integrated science of language. This is where linguistics as a whole is headed: "At the heart of this emerging alternative framework are constructions, which are learned pairings of form and meaning ranging from meaningful parts of words (such as word endings, for... Continue Reading →
There is a lot of significant work on Ancient Greek that came out in the 19th century. Some of it was by native Greek speakers. The challenge is that during that period, the politics of language in Greece was a source of constant debate and argument. Many times the ancient language was used as a... Continue Reading →
“The habitual association of radical elements, grammatical elements, words, and sentences with concepts or groups of concepts related into wholes is the fact itself of language. It is important to note that there is in all languages a certain randomness of association. Thus, the idea of “hide” may be also expressed by the word “conceal,”... Continue Reading →