What a Corpus-Based Dictionary Tells us about Antonymy

By November 17, 2016,
AuthorCarita Paradis, Caroline Willners
TitleWhat a Corpus-Based Dictionary Tells us about Antonymy
AbstractThis paper investigates the treatment of antonymy in Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary (2003) in order to find out what kinds of headwords are provided with antonyms as part of their definitions and also discusses the principles for antonym inclusion in the entries. CCALED includes canonical antonyms such as gooaVbad and dead/alive, as well as more contextually restricted pairings such as hot/mild and flat/fizzy. The vast majority of the antonymic pairings in the dictionary are adjectives. Most of the antonyms are morphologically different from the headwords they define and typically do not involve antonymic affixes such as non-, un- or -less. Only one-third of the total number of pairs are given in both directions. The principles according to which antonyms are included in CCALED are not transparent to us.
author = {Carita Paradis, Caroline Willners},
title = {What a Corpus-Based Dictionary Tells us about Antonymy },
pages = {213-219},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 12th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2006},
month = {sep},
date = {6-9},
address = {Torino, Italy},
editor = {Elisa Corino, Carla Marello, Cristina Onesti},
publisher = {Edizioni dell'Orso},
isbn = {88-7694-918-6},