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Mapping meaning to usage

An interview with linguist and lexicographer Patrick Hanks, on the subject of mapping meanings to usage.

In this video, Michael Rundell interviews Patrick Hanks, a corpus linguist and lexicographer with a long and distinguished record.

Watch the video interview which is approximately five minutes in length. You may wish to watch it a couple of times to make further written notes which will help you in the next step of the course.

Patrick discusses issues around word meanings, and shows how context plays an essential part in our understanding of what words mean.

His book, Lexical Analysis – Norms and Exploitations, is a brilliant contribution to ideas about word meaning.

Further reading

Hanks, P. (2013) Lexical Analysis: Norms and Exploitations. MIT Press, US.

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