Markedness of opposite

Jing Ding, Chu-ren Huang

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In the studies of opposite pairings, the saying that some opposite pairs have one member as unmarked and the other marked "covers a number of disparate and independent phenomena" (Lyons 1977: 305). A lot of work has been done on selecting criteria for determining the unmarked/marked members (e.g., Lehrer 1985). This paper reviews the three most used criteria (morphological mark, semantic meaning and context-frequency) in previous studies and examines the theoretical criteria with natural language facts, especially with examples of Chinese. The aim is to discuss whether such criteria are capable in practical using.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics - 14th Workshop, CLSW 2013, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013
Event14th Workshop on Chinese Lexical Semantics, CLSW 2013 - Zhengzhou, China
Duration: 10 May 201312 May 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8229 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference14th Workshop on Chinese Lexical Semantics, CLSW 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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