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tr.v. lex·i·cal·ized, lex·i·cal·iz·ing, lex·i·cal·iz·es Linguistics
1. To express using a word or words: a language that lexicalizes the concept of time.
2. To incorporate into a language as a new word: a language that has lexicalized expressions from its dialects.
3. To treat (a phrase, expression, or other group of morphemes) as a single word: The word "pick-me-up<" lexicalizes the phrase "pick me up."

lex′i·cal·iza′tion (-kə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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Noun1.lexicalization - the process of making a word to express a concept
linguistic process - a process involved in human language
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This is exemplified by an examination of the contents list for this issue of Hermeneus, which shows interests that range from lexicology, the history of the lexicalization of concepts and the translation of metaphor to the importance of text genre, image schema, computer-assisted translation tools and the inter-relation of translation and power.
It is interesting to note that it has given rise to a rich vocabulary, which is most instructive for assessing the lexicalization of the huchement: ochoch 'dog', ochik 'pup', huchlemek 'to excite a dog', hochmak 'to bark', uchmek 'to jump upon while barking', hicht 'dog collar', ochoch / hoch / host 'sshh, be quiet!'.
The percentages of lexicalization errors presented in Table 6 are very similar to those for Expt 1 and show a similar trend to that observed with the three-letter items, i.e.
At a higher level of interlanguage, advance labels, in which "the label precedes its lexicalization" (Francis, p.
The diagnosis of the new poetry and prose was fueled by the "lexicalization" of these writers' most significant attitudes and poetics, and paralleled the sclerotic processes of their "nurse-like" or "companion-like" critics.
There have recently been great improvements in such systems, which can be attributed to two things: (1) publicly available tree banks and (2) grammar lexicalization. The Penn tree bank has released a corpus of 50,000 sentences that have carefully been annotated for syntactic structure by hand.
Through this lexicalization, he gives his own interpretation of another person's internal cognitive state.
Therefore, a comparative and contrastive analysis of two typologically and genetically unrelated languages could point to regularities and specificities in lexicalization processes operative in the formation of vocabularies related to the concept of 'taste'.