ERIC Number: ED373559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Measuring Synonymy as an Intra-Linguistic and Cross-Linguistic Sense Relation.
Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, n5 p109-118 1994
This paper discusses the sense relation of synonymy, taking the view that this phenomenon should be understood as a gradual concept, a cline along which there are different degrees of synonymy. This view is consistent with the widely held opinion among semanticists that strict or absolute synonymy is rare in human language. A further step is taken to demonstrate that synonymy exist not only as an intra-linguistic sense relation but also as a cross-linguistic phenomenon. Cross-linguistic synonymy is explored through the analysis of French-English cognates, finding that many cognates are partial or incomplete synonyms, with only a few qualifying as strict or true synonyms. (Contains 15 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
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