A conceptual metaphor theory-based approach to the classification of antonymy pairs
Keywords:Antonymy, Conceptual metaphor theory, Cognitive semantics, Theoretical linguistics
Theories of antonymy have traditionally been based on semantics, with some studies offering a cognitive approach as an alternative. However, neither approach has been able to account for the use of antonyms in discourse. This theoretical paper suggests a new cognitive approach based on the framework of cognitive metaphor theory, which could potentially account for discourse observations. The paper suggests methods to investigate the cognitive reality of this claim, and discusses its implications for human cognition.
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