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What a corpus-based dictionary tells us about antonyms
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Humanities.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7240-9003
2006 (English)In: Proceedings XII EURALEX International Congress / [ed] E. Corino, C. Maraello, C. Onesti, 2006, p. 213-220Conference paper, Published paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the treatment of antonymy in Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary (2003) in order to find out what kinds of headwords are provided with antonyms as part of their definitions and also discusses the principles for antonym inclusion in the entries. CALED includes canonical antonyms such as good/bad and dead/alive, as well as more contextually restricted pairings such as hot/mild and flat/fizzy. The vast majority of the antonymic pairings in the dictionary are adjectives. Most of the antonyms are morphologically different from the headwords they define and typically do not involve antonymic affixes such as non-, un- or -less. Only just over one-third of the total number of pairs are given in both directions. The principles for when antonyms are included in CCALED are not transparent to us.

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2006. p. 213-220
Keywords [en]
antonyms, lexical semantics, lexicography
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Languages and Literature
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Humanities, English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-3033OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-3033DiVA, id: diva2:202989
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EURALEX, Torino
Available from: 2007-04-27 Created: 2007-04-27 Last updated: 2017-04-19Bibliographically approved

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