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What is a subentry in a lexical database?



A subentry is a unit in the lexical database representing a lexeme that is made up of more than one morpheme, and is lexically related to one or more major entries.


While related to the major entry(s), the subentry contains its own phonological, semantic, grammatical, and anthropological information. The subentry usually has a meaning that is greater than the sum of its component morphemes.

  The kinds of subentries in a lexical database are:
Example: Batad Ifugao (Philippines)

The subentry inadangyan is a derivative of the major entry adangyan, which is shown below. The form inadangyan appears as a cross reference in the major entry and also as its own entry.

  • adangyan 1 n. A rich person, measured in terms of important legacies held. 2 adj. Rich, of a person, as described above. inadangyan (derv.) One's riches; one's relative worth.
  • ...
  • inadangyan (from adangyan + -iN-) n. One's riches; one's relative worth, reckoned in terms of inherited holdings.

    Newell and Poligon 1993 103, 324


    Subentries are not

    • homophonous forms
    • minimal pairs, or
    • other interesting bits of information not closely related structurally to the main entry.

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