Semantic Relations and the Lexicon: Antonymy, Synonymy and other Paradigms by M. Lynne Murphy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 20, 2003) | ISBN: 0521780675 | Pages: 304 | PDF | 1.48 MB
This book explores how some word meanings are paradigmatically related to each other, for example as opposites or synonyms, and what these say about the mental organization of our vocabularies. Traditional approaches claim that such relations are part of our lexical knowledge (our 'dictionary' of mentally stored words); however Lynne Murphy takes a new, pragmatic approach, arguing that lexical relations in fact consitute our 'metalinguistic' knowledge. The book draws on a century of previous research, including word association experiments, child language, and the use of synonyms and atonyms in text.