Antonymy In Space And Other Strictly Ordered Domains

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Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication, Vol: 10, Issue: 1

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Rett, Jessica
New Prairie Press
natural language; antonymy; strictly ordered domains; formal semantics; distinct domains; distinct entities; Linguistics; Semantics and Pragmatics
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Natural language references different types of entities. Some of these entities (e.g. degrees, locations, times) are strictly ordered with respect to one another; others (e.g. individuals, possible worlds) are not. The empirical goal of this paper is to show that some linguistically encoded relations across these domains (e.g. under, slower than) display a polar asymmetry, while others do not. The theoretical goal of this paper is to argue that this asymmetry – and its restriction to only certain relations – is due to intrinsic properties of strictly ordered domains, coupled with a bias in how language users perceive these domains.