DAVID B. KRONENFELD, Plastic
(Oxford studies in anthropological linguistics, 3.) Oxford
& New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. Pp. xii,
273. Hb $49.95, pb $24.95.
a1 Sociology and Anthropology, Lehigh University,
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This is a book about words and how they convey
meaning. Its goal is a semantic theory that formally and
systematically accounts for meaning and reference at the
level of words, including not only the denotative meaning
of terms but also the connotative and metaphoric use of
those same terms. Kronenfeld scaffolds his extensionist
semantic theory on an interdisciplinary foundation, amalgamated
from earlier work by linguists (Saussure, the Prague School,
Greenberg), anthropologists (Lounsbury, Frake, Romney,
Berlin & Kay), and psychologists (Miller, Bruner, Rosch).