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Title: Considering Semantic Ranges of Measurement Adjectives Such as Large and Big in English
Author: Malahat Shabani
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Institution: Open University
Linguistic Field: Semantics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Since big and large are synonyms, it is not surprising that they can be used to describe many of the same nouns. However, they are not perfect synonyms and there are some differences in the distributions of these two adjectives. Since small is a good antonym for large, small should be able to modify many of the same categories of words, that is, quantity nouns, amount nouns, groups, and so on. Small is also sometimes paired with big so small and big are also likely to modify some of the same categories of words. Little on the other hand, is paired with big but not large, so little wouldn't be expected to modify the kinds of nouns which occur more often with large than with big.
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Status: In Progress
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