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dc.contributor.authorPaczkowski, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-04T20:00:54Z
dc.date.available2018-06-04T20:00:54Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/38063
dc.description.abstractThis paper addresses perceived blocking effects of the English adjectival prefix un- and the accuracy of its identification as a negator. Since un- appears to pattern among adjectives according to antonymy, I posit that the behavior of un- can be fully explained by admitting the value {ANTONYM} as a prime semantic component in lexical composition, and by identifying un- with this value. We find that {ANTONYM} seems to belong to certain intersective adjectives, to all privative adjectives, and to no subsective adjectives. The addition of un- is restricted to those adjectives which neither contain the component {ANTONYM} nor exist in a subsective pair. With this analysis, I hope not only to comprehensively explain the distribution of un-, but also to provide evidence that there exists a prime semantic component {ANTONYM}.
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherThe Linguistics Society at the University of Georgiaen_US
dc.titleUn- Reveals antonymy in the lexiconen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US


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