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Antonyms in Mind and Brain
Evidence from English and German

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ISBN 9780367461126
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
176 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Antonyms in Mind and Brain: Evidence from English and German presents a multi-method approach to the investigation of lexical opposition using the language pair English-German. By investigating a wide variety of opposite pairs, this book addresses the following from a data-driven perspective: • Explores the factors that determine the antonymic strength of the pair of opposites; • Questions whether there is a clear distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ opposites, and examines whether the internal structure of the category of antonymy should instead be described in terms of prototype theory; • Interprets the relation between antonymy and cognitive concepts, as well as the words which encode these concepts. Taking a multi-method and cross-linguistic approach, this research is ideal for students and researchers of lexical and cognitive semantics and those with an interest in theoretical linguistics.

Table of Contents

PART I Theoretical foundations

1. Introduction

2. Previous perspectives on antonymy

PART II Empirical investigation

3. Antonymic and associative strength: evidence from English and German

4. Processing opposite pairs: an antonym-decision task

5. Case studies: combining quantitative and qualitative analysesPART III Theoretical implications

6. Antonyms in mind and brain: towards a psycholinguistic model of opposition

7. Conclusions

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Sandra Kotzor is Senior Lecture in English Language and Communication at Oxford Brookes University, UK.