Polysemy and co-predication

Marina Ortega-Andrés, Agustín Vicente
2019 Glossa  
Many word forms in natural language are polysemous, but only some of them allow for co-predication, that is, they allow for simultaneous predications selecting for two different meanings or senses of a nominal in a sentence. In this paper, we try to explain (i) why some groups of senses allow co-predication and others do not, and (ii) how we interpret co-predicative sentences. The paper focuses on those groups of senses that allow co-predication in an especially robust and stable way. We argue,
more » ... able way. We argue, using these cases, but focusing particularly on the multiply polysemous word 'school', that the senses involved in co-predication form especially robust activation packages, which allow hearers and readers to access all the different senses in interpretation.
doi:10.5334/gjgl.564 fatcat:sm7wo6xygrgw3pp6xd2bol5mlu