Antonyms in English: construals, constructions, and canonicity

Jones, Steven, Murphy, M Lynne, Paradis, Carita and Willners, Caroline (2012) Antonyms in English: construals, constructions, and canonicity. Studies in English Language . Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521761796

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Depositing User: Lynne Murphy
Date Deposited: 03 May 2012 10:59
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2013 09:10
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38827
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