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The explanation of homonymy in the lexicon of arabic

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This chapter proceeds by means of successive evaluations and provisional hypotheses. Within the Theory of Matrices and Etymons (TME) framework, the lexicon is organized on three levels: the matrix, the etymon, and the radical. The chapter demonstrates that the homonymy of a radical may be attributed to three causes: (A) the fact that it is the result of blending: it manifests the meanings of both the etymons that are its source; (B) the fact that its etymon is the realization of several matrices: it manifests the meanings of these matrices; and (C) the fact that two etymonial analyses are possible, such as [nX]Y and n[XY]. Each case is illustrated with an example from Bohas and Saguer (2006).

Keywords: etymon; homonymy; lexicon of Arabic; matrix; radical



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