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What is a development lexical relation?



Understanding the development lexical relation is important for using words which refer to the

  • natural stages of growth and change in living things, and
  • evolvement or expansion of nonliving things of which humans are the agents.

A development lexical relation is an association between lexical units which refers to stages or steps in a process involving change such as

  • expansion, and
  • growth.
Examples (English)
  • Growth

    • {newborn, infant, toddler, child, adolescent, adult}
    • {seed, bud, flower}
  • Process

    • {ember, spark, flame, blazing fire}
    • {planning, design, implementation, production, evaluation}
Underlying structure

A development set has the structure of a scale.


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

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