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What is a lexical relation with a simple set structure?

 

Definition
 

A lexical relation with a simple set structure is a pattern of association between lexical units that share one or more semantic components.

Discussion
 

A simple set can be represented mathematically as

 
  • {x1, x2, x3, x4, x5}
  • Examples (English)
     

    The most common lexical relation of this type in English is a synonym set. A synonym set consists of lexical units which share all or most of their core semantic components.

     

    Here are some examples of synonym sets:

     
    • {assembly, gathering, meeting}
    • {just, equitable, lawful, fair}
    • {happy, joyful, glad}

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