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Presumably this indicates a human tendency to interpret and label the world by analogy with what we understand most intimately, such as our own bodies. 2 Hyponymy This relation is important for describing nouns, but it also figures in the description of verbs (see Chapter 4) and, to a lesser extent, adjectives. It NOUN VOCABULARY 47 is concerned with the labelling of sub-categories of a word’s denotation: what kinds of Xs are there and what different kinds of entities count as Ys. For example, a house is one kind of building, and a factory and a church are other kinds of building; buildings are one kind of structure; dams are another kind of structure.

Her friends were completely proud of her. with complementaries: You’ll look completely different with your hair restyled. What you say is absolutely true. Digital sound reproduction is completely perfect. The weather has been absolutely freezing. 2 Adjectives modifying nouns How are noun and adjective meanings put together when an adjective modifies a noun as in green bicycles? Just enough will be said here to show that interesting issues arise in this area. 3, will work in some cases. 3, the left-hand oval represents the set denoted by green, all the green entities that there could be.

There is a middling range of sound levels that are not loud enough to count as noisy, but that also cannot be said to be silent/noiseless. 9). 6). All three lists could easily be extended, but a list of antonym pairs can easily be made longer than lists of either synonyms or complementaries. The explanation for there not being all that many synonyms is that they are something of a luxury. Courteous offers the same entailments, no more and no fewer, that we get from using the word polite. Thus we could do without one of them if the transmission of information was our only concern.

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