Degrees of Synonymity as the Basis of a Network for German Communication Verbs in the Online Reference Work Kommunikationsverben in OWID

By November 17, 2016,
Page1171-1186
AuthorKristel Proost, Carolin Müller-Spitzer
TitleDegrees of Synonymity as the Basis of a Network for German Communication Verbs in the Online Reference Work Kommunikationsverben in OWID
AbstractThis contribution presents the procedure used in the Handbuch deutscher Kommunikationsverben and in its online version Kommunikationsverben in the lexicographical internet portal OWID to divide sets of semantically similar communication verbs into ever smaller sets of ever closer synonyms. Kommunikationsverben describes the meaning of communication verbs on two levels: a lexical level, represented in the dictionary entries and by sets of lexical features, and a conceptual level, represented by different types of situations referred to by specific types of verbs. The procedure starts at the conceptual level of meaning where verbs used to refer to the same specific situation type are grouped together. At the lexical level of meaning, the sets of verbs obtained from the first step are successively divided into smaller sets on the basis of the criteria of (i) identity of lexical meaning, (ii) identity of lexical features, and (iii) identity of contexts of usage. The stepwise procedure applied is shown to result in the creation of a semantic network for communication verbs.
SessionReports on Lexicographical and Lexicological Projects
Keywordscommunication verbs; speech act verbs; synonymity; synonymy; conceptual field; semantic network; access structures; advanced search options
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX2014-092,
author={Kristel Proost and Carolin Müller-Spitzer},
title={Degrees of Synonymity as the Basis of a Network for German Communication Verbs in the Online Reference Work Kommunikationsverben in OWID},
pages={1171-1186},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 16th EURALEX International Congress},
year={2014},
month={jul},
date={15-19},
address={Bolzano, Italy},
editor={Abel, Andrea and Vettori, Chiara and Ralli, Natascia},
publisher={EURAC research},
isbn={978-88-88906-97-3},
}
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