An outline for a semantic categorization of adjectives

By November 17, 2016,
AuthorFrans Heyvaert
TitleAn outline for a semantic categorization of adjectives
AbstractThe aim of this paper is to sketch some basic principles on which a full semantic categorisation of adjectives can be founded that will allow for constructing uniform description templates for the individual categories. The underlying idea is that there should be a one to one correspondence between the category and the template used, like it is the case for most of the existing categorisations of nouns. For that purpose adjectival categories need to be defined by ‘adjectival’ expressions (mostly with present or past participles as their head). Since this procedure generates only a limited number of very general categories (more or less parallel to the verb categories containing static relations), the templates are extended with some semantic features among which the feature domain, plays an important role since it offers the opportunity to specify on a subcategorial level the information that most existing proposals for adjective categorisation give: the conceptual field in which the adjective is to be situated. These conceptual fields for adjectives appear moreover to play an important part in the construction of noun templates, not in terms of form but also in terms of content. The ultimate aim of this proposal is to construct a kind of template building grammar the elements of which can be used equally for nouns, verbs and adjectives.
SessionLexicological Issues of Lexicographical Relevance
author = {Frans Heyvaert},
title = {An outline for a semantic categorization of adjectives},
pages = {1309-1318},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 14th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2010},
month = {jul},
date = {6-10},
address = {Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, The Netherlands},
editor = {Anne Dykstra and Tanneke Schoonheim},
publisher = {Fryske Akademy},
isbn = {978-90-6273-850-3},