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Making sense of adjectives: association vs. ascription in a family-resemblance model of semantic inheritance
2010 (English)In: SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics, ISSN 1336-782X, E-ISSN 1336-782X, Vol. 7, 2-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Associative adjectives such as in electrical engineer differ from ascriptive adjectives like in red house: They are syntactically similar, yet they do not denote an intersective sense like ascriptive adjectives do. However, associative adjectives may (irregularly) denote ascriptive traits connected to the associated entity: The more semantically-similar two entities are, the more regular the traits are which are ascribed to them through association by a given adjective. This model of entities associated through family membership is analogous to a semantic network based on relative word similarities, in which families appear as clusters of relatively-similar entities.

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2010. Vol. 7, 2-18 p.
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lexical semantics, adjectives, modification, predication, similarity, family resemblance, ontology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-211104OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-211104DiVA: diva2:1127535
Available from: 2017-07-16 Created: 2017-07-16 Last updated: 2017-07-16

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