MORPHOLOGY: the phenomenon that a word acquires new usages which, over
time, are likely to become more like new meanings.
EXAMPLE: the English word mouth refers first of all to the
opening of the buccal cavity, but next to this it refers to the point where a
river joins the sea.
|LIT.||Aronoff, M. (1976)|
Spencer, A. (1991)
SEMANTICS: the phenomenon that a word has several different meanings
which are closely related to each other. The
ambiguity of church (either a
building or an institution) is an instance of polysemy.