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What is a hierarchical lexical relation?

 

Definition
 

A hierarchical lexical relation is an association between lexical units that have a system of arrangement into levels of increasing

 
  • size, or
  • complexity.
Examples (English)
 
  • Geopolitical boundaries

    • {county, state, country}
    • {province, country}
  • Sets related to analytic paradigms

    • {morpheme, word, phrase, clause, sentence, discourse}
Underlying structure
 

A hierarchical set has the structure of a scale.

 
See:

What is a lexical relation with a scale structure for other examples of similar lexical relations in English.


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