Semantic set-defining: benefits to the lexicographer and the user

Page129-136
AuthorElizabeth Walter
TitleSemantic set-defining: benefits to the lexicographer and the user
AbstractIn this paper, I discuss the insights which can be gained from defining groups of near-synonyms in relation to one another. In particular, I discuss the tendency of many dictionaries to define by synonym, and point out that this is often inaccurate and misleading. I examine some methods of identifying the distinguishing characteristics of near-synonyms, and discuss how information on near-synonyms is best presented to users. This paper is written primarily with the needs of learners of English in mind.
SessionPART 1 - Dictionaries from the Users' Perspective
Keywordssemantic sets, synonymy, near-synonyms.
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX92_1-020,
author = {Elizabeth Walter},
title = {Semantic set-defining: benefits to the lexicographer and the user},
pages = {129-136},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 5th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1992},
month = {aug},
date = {4-9},
address = {Tampere, Finland},
editor = {Hannu Tommola & Krista Varantola,Tarja Salmi-Tolonen & Jurgen Schopp},
publisher = {Tampereen YIiopisto},
isbn = {951-44-3111-1},
}
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