Cognitive Linguistics
Advertisement
This page is part of the ongoing
Project Categorization
Aristotelian category
Categorization
Category
Category boundaries
Fuzziness
Vagueness
Levels of categorization
Basic level
Category-wide attribute
Collective function
Subordinate level
Superordinate level
Parasitic categorization
Prototype category
Bad member
Degree of membership
Extension
Flexible adaptability
Goodness of exemplar
Good member
Informational density
Inheritance
Radial structure
Structural stability
Taxonomy
Class inclusion
Degree of generality
Expert taxonomy
Folk taxonomy
Multiple parenting
Scientific taxonomy


Informational density is a principle of cognitive economy, posed by Dirk Geeraerts as a basic aspect of prototype categorization. The principle holds that it is easiest to store as much information as possible in the same category, and easiest to retrieve information from the same category as well, in stead of having to look for it in a lot of different categories. This principle should account for the high ammount of polysemy in human languages.

Bibliography[]

  • Geeraerts, Dirk (1997). Diachronic Prototype Semantics: a Contribution to Historical Lexicology. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

See also[]

This article is a stub. You can help us by by expanding it.
Advertisement