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A Corpus-based Analysis of the Semantic Relatedness between the American English -ic/-ical Adjective Pairs

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Authors
Song, MyoungHyoun
Issue Date
2008
Publisher
Seoul National University Department of English Language and Literature
Citation
SNU Working Papers in English Language and Linguistics 7, 107-120
Keywords
bigramscorpus-basedsemantic relatednessESCO
Abstract
The English adjective pairs ending in -ic versus -ical share the stem, implyig the possibility of semantic relatedness as well as morphological relatedness. The corpus-based analysis of the bigrams(the -ic/-ical adjective with their R1 collocates) shows that some adjectives(analytic/analytical, classic/classical, historic, historical, magic/magical, etc) are semantically related to the degree that they can be interchangeably used. But others(economic/economical, politic/political, etc.) are not semantically related to the degree that they can not be used in place of each other. The semantic relatedness can be extended to the difference in meaning, when the bigrams are taken into account, excluding the shared R1 collocates.
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/2058
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College of Humanities (인문대학)English Language and Literature (영어영문학과)SNU working papers in English language and linguisticsSNU working papers in English language and linguistics Vol.07 (2008)
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