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What is an individual-group lexical relation?

 

Definition
 

An individual-group lexical relation is an association between two lexical units in which one lexical unit is a collective term of the other.

Examples (English)
 
  • Individual

    Group

  • lion
  • sheep
  • bee
  • wolves
  • pride
  • flock
  • swarm
  • pack
  • Underlying structure
     

    The underlying structure of a individual-group lexical relation set is a set of pairs.

    Frames
     

    Here are some frames for testing and eliciting an individual-group lexical relation:

     
    • A group of Xs is called a Y.
    • A Y is a collection of Xs.

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