Syntax and semantics

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Can as content: I have drunk the whole can.

Also, a disc might generally refer to a thin, flat, round object in general as well as a specific magnetic disc. A mouse is used to refers to a small furry animal with a long tail only, but it is also a device that controls the movement of the cursor on a computer screen, (Lobner (2002).

The relation between the senses of the bold words in (a) and (b) is a regular relation. The senses of these two words are closely related since they are bothall related to poultry. Turkey, in the first sentence, refers to a large, gallinaceous bird of the family Meleagrididae, especially the Meleagris gallopavo of America that typically has green, reddish-brown and yellowish-brown plumage of a metallic luster and that is domesticated in most parts of the world (Dictionary.com, 2008) . In the second sentence, turkey refers to the flesh of this bird that is , used as food. The second sense, flesh of bird, is a meaning variant related to the first sense, the bird. This variantIt is derived fromhas been made out of the old wordold one, namely the name of the bird.

Turkey is not the only example we have for using the name of the bird to indicate the flesh or meat of that bird, especially when it is prepared to be eaten. For instance, chicken iscould be used to refer to both the domestic fowl kept for its eggs or meat as well as the flesh of the chicken as illustrated below:

I keep three chickens.

Last time, we had chickens and salad in a Lebanese restaurant.

Similarly, Duck could be used to refer to both a water bird with a broad blunt bill, short legs, webbed feet, and a waddling gait (Dictionary.com, 2008) as well as the flesh of the duck as illustrated below:

The mother feeds the ducks.

She barbecued a duck for her boyfriend.

As shown below, Goose is also a clear example:

I watched an interesting documentary on geese.

Mary had a roast goose for her birthday.

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