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Antonyms in English

Antonyms in English
Construals, Constructions and Canonicity

Steven Jones, University of Manchester, M. Lynne Murphy, University of Sussex

Cambridge University Press
Antonyms in English

 

Antonyms in English

Construals, Constructions and Canonicity

 

  • Steven Jones, University of Manchester
  • M. Lynne Murphy, University of Sussex
  • Carita Paradis, Lunds Universitet, Sweden
  • Caroline Willners, Lunds Universitet, Sweden
  • Hardback

Series: Studies in English Language

 

  • ISBN:9780521761796
  • 20 b/w illus. 34 tables
  • Dimensions: 228 x 152 mm

The study of antonyms (or 'opposites') in a language can provide important insight into word meaning and discourse structures. This book provides an extensive investigation of antonyms in English and offers an innovative model of how we mentally organize concepts and how we perceive contrasts between them. The authors use corpus and experimental methods to build a theoretical picture of the antonym relation, its status in the mind and its construal in context. Evidence is drawn from natural antonym use in speech and writing, first-language antonym acquisition, and controlled elicitation and judgements of antonym pairs by native speakers. The book also proposes ways in which a greater knowledge of how antonyms work can be applied to the fields of language technology and lexicography.

Features

• Provides a new usage-based cognitive linguistics framework for the description and explanation of all types of antonyms • Brings together previously unconnected perspectives on antonymy, with a view to developing a deeper understanding of the relation and addressing key issues concerning canonicity and context • Provides a range of different types of empirical support for the proposed approach, including experimental and corpus methodologies

• Provides a new usage-based cognitive linguistics framework for the description and explanation of all types of antonyms • Brings together previously unconnected perspectives on antonymy, with a view to developing a deeper understanding of the relation and addressing key issues concerning canonicity and context • Provides a range of different types of empirical support for the proposed approach, including experimental and corpus methodologies

 

Table of Contents

1. Antonymy and antonyms
2. Antonyms in context
3. Antonyms and canonicity
4. Antonyms in acquisition
5. Antonyms and negation
6. Antonyms as constructions
7. The cognitive construal account
8. Conclusions – looking backward, looking forward.

 

 

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