It’s hard being soft: Antonymous senses versus antonymous words

Sullivan, Karen (2012) It’s hard being soft: Antonymous senses versus antonymous words. The Mental Lexicon, 7 3: 307-326. doi:10.1075/ml.7.3.03sul

Author Sullivan, Karen
Title It’s hard being soft: Antonymous senses versus antonymous words
Journal name The Mental Lexicon   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1871-1340
Publication date 2012-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1075/ml.7.3.03sul
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 307
End page 326
Total pages 20
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study compares antonymous relations between lemmata (such as soft/softer/softest and hard/harder/hardest), words (soft and hard) and word senses (for example, the sense of soft indicating a yielding surface and that of hard describing an unyielding surface). In agglomerative cluster analyses of data from the British National Corpus, specific antonymous adjective senses are found to cluster more tightly and neatly than either antonymous words or lemmata. Moreover, when pairs such as soft and hard co-occur in the corpus, the co-occurring senses are typically instances of antonymous senses that cluster together. This evidence from clustering and co-occurrence suggests that antonymy operates primarily at the level of the word sense, rather than the word or the lemma.
Keyword Antonymy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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