On conceptual nature of antonymy: Evidence from corpus-based investigations

Kostić, Nataša (2016) On conceptual nature of antonymy: Evidence from corpus-based investigations. Journal of Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, 3 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 2303-5528

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Abstract

This paper provides an overview of corpus investigations in studying antonymy with an aim to argue in favour of the conceptual approach to antonymy. Antonymy is considered to play an important role in organizing languages’ vocabularies. However, there is no consensus in the literature on the issue of whether antonyms form a set of stored lexical associations (as the structuralists and the Princeton WordNet model propose), or whether the category of antonymy is a context-sensitive, conceptually grounded category (as conceptual models of meaning propose). On the basis of author’s recent investigations of antonymy in Serbian written discourse, this paper argues in favour of the conceptual approach to antonymy. This approach predicts a category with a continuum structure, with prototypical antonym partners as core members, and category members for which a partner is not available in a context-free environment. The theoretical implication of the investigations presented is that antonymy is primarily a conceptual relation, based on general cognitive processes. Keywords: antonymy, cognitive approach, conceptual relation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: J-FLTAL
Depositing User: Mr. Eldin Milak
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 09:04
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2016 02:39
URI: http://eprints.ibu.edu.ba/id/eprint/3267

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