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antonymy and negation: the boundedness hypothesis
Växjö universitet, Fakulteten för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap, Institutionen för humaniora. Engelska.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-7240-9003
2006 (Engelska)Ingår i: Journal of Pragmatics, Vol. 38, nr 7, s. 1051-1080Artikel i tidskrift (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm)) Published
Abstract [en]

Abstract

This paper investigates the interpretation of unbounded (scalar) adjective antonyms with and without

negation such as (not) narrow – (not) wide and bounded adjective antonyms with and without negation such

as (not) dead – (not) alive as well as their interpretations with approximating degree modifiers, fairly and

almost, respectively. The investigation was designed to test the boundedness hypothesis, namely that the

negator is sensitive to the configuration of the adjective in terms of BOUNDEDNESS. The data are Swedish and

the results of the experiments show that negated unbounded adjectives do not evoke the interpretation of

their antonyms, i.e. not wide does not equal ‘narrow’. The results of the experiments with bounded

adjectives with and without negation showed that some of the negated adjectives were interpreted as

synonyms of their antonyms, i.e. not alive equals ‘dead’. However, this pattern was not consistent across the

bounded adjectives, since a number of them readily lent themselves to partial readings. Four types of

bounded antonyms emerged from the participants’ judgements. For both unbounded and bounded

adjectives, the interpretations of the approximating degree modifiers and the adjectives were not significantly

different from the negated adjectives.

# 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
2006. Vol. 38, nr 7, s. 1051-1080
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"antonymy". "Adjectives", "Negation", "Degree", "Scale", "Boundedness"
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Humaniora, Engelsk språkvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-3022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-3022DiVA, id: diva2:202978
Tillgänglig från: 2007-02-01 Skapad: 2007-02-01 Senast uppdaterad: 2017-04-19Bibliografiskt granskad

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