Word Relations: Two Kinds of Typicality and their Place in the Dictionary

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AuthorLars Trap-Jensen
TitleWord Relations: Two Kinds of Typicality and their Place in the Dictionary
AbstractThe paper focuses on some aspects of semantic-lexical collocations, viz. word relations given in the dictionary as illustrative, typical chunks of real language. They appear as a supplement to the definition, thereby facilitating an accurate understanding of the entry word, and with no further explanation required as they are semantically transparent. I point out that the notion of typicality can be conceived of in at least two different ways: as an empirical measure of the degree of mutual attraction between two or more words, or as a psychological fact about cognitive salience in the speaker's mind. As the two conceptions may have only little in common, or even be inversely related, there is all the more reason to consider their implications thoroughly. Finally, I discuss which of the two conceptions should be given priority in the dictionary.
SessionPART 2 - Lexical combinatorics
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@InProceedings{ELX96_1-033,
author = {Lars Trap-Jensen},
title = {Word Relations: Two Kinds of Typicality and their Place in the Dictionary},
pages = {298-305},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 7th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {1996},
month = {aug},
date = {13-18},
address = {Göteborg, Sweden},
editor = {Martin Gellerstam, Jerker Järborg, Sven-Göran Malmgren, Kerstin Norén, Lena Rogström, Catalina Röjder Papmehl},
publisher = {Novum Grafiska AB},
isbn = {91-87850-14-1},
}
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