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Title: The Polysemous Relationships between the Senses of the Verbal Root חזק
Author(s): VAN DER MERWE, Christo H.J.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 99    Issue: 3   Date: 2018   
Pages: 311-333
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.99.3.3285364

Abstract :
Representing the senses of the verbal root חזק as a list or, as many existing lexicons do, in terms of root formations, does not do justice to the polysemy of this verbal root. Basic insights from cognitive semantics — many of which can be linked up with the 'common sense' wisdom of traditional historical-philological semantics — are used to argue that the extensions of the senses of חזק tend to cluster around three prototypes, two of which represent a mapping from concrete to abstract, and one the conventionalization of a formal pattern. Each of the three prototypes generates its own concrete to figurative mappings and conceptual blends.

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