Hempelmann, C. F. and E. Gironzetti. 2015. “An Interlingual Study of the Lexico-Semantic Field LAUGH in Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Journal of Literary Semantics 44 (2): 141–167. https://doi.org/10.1515/jls-2015-0008
This paper presents a series of theoretical and methodological choices against previous research and innovations for practical structuralist lexical field studies. Starting from a critical literature review of relevant work, it develops a synchronic interlingual study of the lexico-semantic field around words for laugh, smile, grin, etc. in an aligned corpus of eight translations of Kesey’s novel One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the English original text. Studies on paradigmatically-defined lexical fields of semantically competing words, such as the present one, have been criticized for not scaling beyond the actual field investigated. But with explicit methodological decisions and for specific domains for which aligned multilingual corpora exist they are shown to yield valuable insights. This paper reports the progress in lexical field theory, while also reviving semantic features and applying visual analytics, by way of analyzing examples from an aligned literary corpus.