Definition of antonymy in English:



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    • ‘It will be essential reading for scholars interested in antonymy and corpus linguistics.’
    • ‘These links of similarity or contrast (antonymy) create lexical cohesion in a text.’
    • ‘Having identified the discourse functions of antonymy in adult writing and speech, I'm now examining children's language to discover how and when ‘opposites’ are first learnt.’
    • ‘We have relations of meaning such as synonymy and antonymy, polysemy and homonymy, ways of organizing the vocabulary.’
    • ‘Fresh, empirical statements are made about antonymy, and over 350 authentic examples of ‘opposites’ are recorded and analysed.’