"Univocity means that a word always has the same meaning. A univocal word is unambiguous and precise. Truly univocal words are general or universal. This means that they apply to any individual that belongs to a general class of things that share the same nature. " (McDonald, 2000).


Wordnet: "unequivocal, univocal, unambiguous (admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion) "unequivocal evidence"; "took an unequivocal position"; "an unequivocal success"; "an unequivocal promise"; "an unequivocal (or univocal) statement"






McDonald, H. (2000). Introduction to Philosophy. Protreptikos a publication of Introduction to Philosophy, 1(4), . http://www.vaxxine.com/hyoomik/phi205/mind.htm


Metcalf, B. (2003). The univocity of Deleuze. http://users.rcn.com/bmetcalf.ma.ultranet/index.htm

(Accessed 2006-01-30). http://users.rcn.com/bmetcalf.ma.ultranet/What%20is%20Univocity.htm

Temmerman, R. (1997). Questioning the univocity ideal. Hermes. Journal of Linguistics, 18, 51-90. Available at: http://hermes2.asb.dk/archive/FreeH/H18_04.pdf


Temmerman, R. (2000). Towards New Ways of Terminology Description. The Sociocognitive Approach. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.


WordNet. http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn





Birger Hjørland

Last edited: 07-03-2007



Notes to Temmerman_1997/2000