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What is a lexical relation with a set of pairs structure?

 

Definition
 

A lexical relation with a set of pairs structure is a pattern of association between lexical units which is characterized by a binary contrast, correlation, or correspondence between two sense sets.

Discussion
 

A set of pairs can be represented mathematically as

 
  • {(x1, y1), (x2, y2), (x3, y3),...}
  • Examples (English)
     
    • Opposites

      • {(true, false), (dead, alive), (open, shut)}
      • {(long, short), (good, bad), (hot, cold)}
    • Individual-group

      • {(lion, pride), (wolf, pack), (buffalo, herd)}
      • {(flower, bouquet), (banana, bunch)}

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