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N° 1 – Polysemy

Deadline for sending in final versions of papers: March 2008

The first issue will deal with “Polysemy”; Catherine Paulin, University of Besançon, and Henri Béjoint, University of Lyon, are in charge of this issue.


The first issue of Lexis will be devoted to polysemous lexical units. Polysemy, an enriching word-formation process which is particularly active in natural languages, will be studied in its diachronic and synchronic dimensions. All contributions will focus on the semantic variation of lexical units, from different angles and points of view: historical, discursive, situational and distributional. Semantic change will be tackled in its different aspects:

  • Etymological: homonymy versus polysemy

  • Metonymic and metaphorical relations

  • Syntactic relations: compounding, conversion, argumental structures.

Contributions centered around componential analysis, semantic restriction or enlargement are welcome. Contributors are also invited to confront semic analysis with the notion of an invariant semantic core value.

How to submit

If you want to submit an article for the first issue, you can send either detailed abstracts, or completed articles. Some guidelines can be found below.

Abstracts and articles will be sent via email to lexis[at]


June 2006: call-for-papers

Mid-December 2006: deadline to send abstracts to lexis[at]

March 2007: scientific committee’s answers to authors

September 2007: deadline to send articles

October to December 2007: proofreading of articles by the scientific committee

January to March 2008: corrections by authors

March 2008: deadline to send the final versions of articles.

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