Semantic typology

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Semantic typology is the study of the ways in which languages differ in categorizing experience into concepts. In other words, it is the study of meaning (semantics) using the cross-linguistic methodology of typology.

  • "Semantic typology is the comparative study of linguistic categorization—research into how linguistic representations structure a given cognitive domain across languages." (Bohnemeyer et al. 2007:495)


  • Bohnemeyer, Jürgen et al. 2007. Principles of event segmentation in language: the case of motion events. Language 83.3: 495-532.

Other languages

French typologie sémantique
German semantische Typologie