Research Interests




  • 2009 Wine and Conversation, Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 1992 Frames, Fields, and Contrasts, edited with Eva V. Kittay. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • 1983 Wine and Conversation, Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • 1974 Semantic Fields and Lexical Structure, Amsterdam: North Holland.
  • 1970 The Theory of Meaning, edited with Keith Lehrer, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall.

Articles since 1990

Language about food and wine



  • 2010  Experiments on Processing Lexical Blends. With Csaba Veres
  • 2007 Blendalicious. In Lexical Creativity, Texts and Contexts: The Morphology/Stylistic Interface. Judith Munet, ed. Amsterdam.
  • 2005 Neologisms. Logical and Lexical Semantics, Elsevier Limited. Oxford,
    Understanding trendy neologisms. Italian Journal of Linguistics/
    Revista di Linguistica.
  • 2003 Fashions, Neologisms and Local Schemas. In Studies in English Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. J. Andor, J. Horvath, & M. Nikolov, eds. Pecs: Lingua Franc Csopost
  • 1998 Scapes, Holics, and Thons: The Semantics of Combining Forms. American Speech 73: 3-28.
  • 1997 Problems in the Translation of Creative Neologisms. Translation and Meaning, Part 4. B. Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk & M. Thelen, eds. Maastrict: Hogeschool Maastrict Press, pp. 141-147.
  • 1996 Identifying and Interpreting Blends. Cognitive Linguistics, 7.4: 259-290\
  • 1996 Why neologisms are important to study. Lexicology 2.1: 63-73.


Lexical relations. semantic fields, and polysemy


Name and naming


Reported speech



  • 1992 Blocking and the principle of conventionality. Proceedings of the WECOL Conference, October, 1992, Tucson, AZ.
  • 1992 A theory of vocabulary structure: retrospectives and prospectives. In Festschrift for René Dirvin. Martin, Pütz, ed.
  • 1991 Componential analysis. In Oxford International Encyclopedia of Linguistics.
  • 1990 Impersonal uses of personal pronouns (with Chisato Kitagawa), Journal of Pragmatics 14: 739-759.