Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Vowel Length From Latin to Romance

By Michele Loporcaro

This book "draws on extensive empirical data, including from lesser known varieties" and "puts forward a new account of a well-known diachronic phenomenon."


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Letter Writing and Language Change

Edited By Anita Auer, Daniel Schreier, and Richard J. Watts

This book "challenges the assumption that there is only one 'legitimate' and homogenous form of English or of any other language" and "supports the view of different/alternative histories of the English language and will appeal to readers who are skeptical of 'standard' language ideology."


Academic Paper


Title: Considering Semantic Ranges of Measurement Adjectives Such as Large and Big in English
Author: Malahat Shabani
Email: click here TO access email
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.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress


Add a new paper
Return to Academic Papers main page
Return to Directory of Linguists main page