Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Range Of Reference

Definition: 

A range of reference is a collection of all possible entities in the referential realm denoted by a lexical unit.

Examples: 

Here are examples of the word wrist in three languages, illustrating different ranges of reference in each language:

 

Language

Lexical unit

Range of reference

English
translation equivalent

Hebrew

yad

The part of the body from the fingertips to the wrist, sometimes including part of the forearm (in Genesis 24:47)

wrist, hand, forearm

Tuwali Ifugao

takle

The part of the body from the fingertips to the joint at the shoulder

wrist, hand, arm

English

wrist

The joint or part of the arm between the hand and the forearm

 

NonExamples: 

Here are some other terms that may be confused with the term range of reference:

  • Referent identification—the association of words, expressions or morphemes in a text with a particular participant or object
  • Range of meaning—the different senses (lexical units) of a lexeme
Also Known As: 
Participant Identification
Participant Tracking

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