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Antonymy (semantic opposition). Antonyms are words which express opposite or contrasting meanings

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Antonyms are subdivided into. Gradable — represent the extremes of the quality. There are often adjectives that can be placed on the scale between them (hot-cold). Contradictory-complimentary — cannot exist without each other (dead-alive; leave-stay)3. Conversive — describe opposite attributes of the same situation (to buy-to sell — when one buys another sells)

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Antonymy (semantic opposition). Antonyms are words which express opposite or contrasting meanings.

Antonyms are subdivided into:1. Gradable — represent the extremes of the quality. There are often adjectives that can be placed on the scale between them (hot-cold).2. Contradictory-complimentary — cannot exist without each other (dead-alive; leave-stay)3. Conversive — describe opposite attributes of the same situation (to buy-to sell — when one buys another sells). . Antonyms -- a class of words grouped together on the basis of the semantic relations of opposition. Antonyms are words belonging to one Part of speech sharing certain common semantic characteristics and in this respect they are similar to such semantic classes as synonyms, lexical sets, lexico-semantic groups.

Structurally, antonyms can be divided into - antonyms of the same root #. to do -- to undo, cheerful -- cheerless; - antonyms of different roots #day -- night, rich --poor.

Semantically, antonyms may be classified into – contradictories;- contraries;- incompatibles;- Contradictories represent the type of semantic relations that exist between pairs like, for example, dead -- alive, single -- married. Contradictory antonyms are mutually opposed, they deny one another. Contradictories form a privative binary opposition, they are members of two-term sets. To use one of the words is to contradict the other and to use 'not' before one of them is to make it semantically equivalent to the other: not dead = alive; not single = married;- Contraries are antonyms that can be arranged into a series according to the increasing difference in one of their qualities. The most distant elements of this series will be classified as contrary notions. Contraries are gradable antonyms, they are polar members of a gradual opposition which may have intermediate elements.

This may be observed in cold -- hot and cool -- warm which are intermediate members. Thus, we may regard as antonyms not only cold and hot but also cold and warm. Contrary antonyms may also be considered in terms of degrees of the quality involved. Thus, water may be cold or very cold, and water in one glass may be colder than in another glass. Incompatibles are antonyms which are characterized by the relations of exclusion. Semantic relations of incompatibility exist among antonyms with a common component of meaning and may be described as the reverse of hyponymy. For example, to say morning is to say not afternoon, not evening, not night. The use of one member of this set implies the exclusion of the other members of the set. Incompatibles differ from contradictories as incompatibles are members of the multiple-term sets while contradictories are members of two-term sets. A relation of incompatibility may be also observed between colour terms since the choice of red, for example, entails the exclusion of black, blue, yellow, etc.