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Ideas from cognitive grammar
Immediate scope
Scope of predication
Dictionary meaning
Encyclopaedic meaning
Frame semantics
Frame evocation
Semantic frame
Mental space theory
Structural semantics
Windowing of attention

Encyclopaedic meaning is the "indirect", non-referential, additive meaning of a sign pertaining to encyclopaedic knowledge of the world. Often encyclopaedic meaning is central to the understanding of that sign even though it is not traditionally considered to be a linguistic type factor. Encyclopaedic meaning overlaps with the notions of connotation, semantic frame, and several concepts relating to scope of predication.


  • Haiman, John (1980). "Dictionaries and encyclopaedias". Lingua, 50. 377-88.
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