By Steven Jones
Antonymy is the technical identify used to explain 'opposites', pairs of phrases resembling rich/poor, love/hate and male/female. Antonyms are a ubiquitous a part of daily language, and this e-book offers an in depth, finished account of the phenomenon.This booklet demonstrates how conventional linguistic idea may be revisited, up-to-date and challenged within the corpus age. will probably be crucial interpreting for students attracted to antonymy and corpus linguistics.
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Extra resources for Antonymy: A Corpus-Based Perspective (Routledge Advances in Corpus Linguistics)
For example, if the binary pair live/die is to hold true, some instance of birth must first occur. Thus, Cruse creates the triplet be born:live:die, labelling it ‘reversive complementarity’. e. they denote change in opposing directions. Similar examples include learn:remember:forget and arrive:stay:leave. The second kind of triplets identified by Cruse are known as ‘interactives’. These pertain to antonymous pairs which are themselves a response to a given stimulus. For example, the complementaries obey and disobey are binary responses to a given command.
This makes sampling problematic: how can one be sure that the antonyms selected are, indeed, genuine antonymous pairs? In many respects, this question is impossible to resolve satisfactorily. To follow one definition of antonymy at the expense of other definitions would leave this study open to the criticism that it had not, in fact, tackled antonymy at all, but rather a specific sub-set of the phenomenon. One could also argue that such an approach would be circular if the pairs chosen pre-empted the outcome of the study.
These sub-categories often rest on intuitive judgements about acceptability which are so subtle that uncertainty and ambiguity is unavoidable. Furthermore, the definition of antonymy applied by analysts becomes highly elastic at times in order to accommodate word pairs which, though always expressing some degree of contrast, would rarely be identified as ‘good opposites’ by native speakers. In other words, to approach antonymy from an entirely intuitive position allows room for endless classification and sub-classification.
Antonymy: A Corpus-Based Perspective (Routledge Advances in Corpus Linguistics) by Steven Jones