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What is a rank lexical relation?

 

Definition
 

A rank lexical relation is an association between lexical units which have different relative values based on some shared underlying semantic property.

Discussion
 

Lexical units which are related by rank are likely to be functionally descriptive of the characteristics of an entity. They are likely to be lexical categorized as nouns.

Examples (English)
 
  • {private, corporal, sergeant, general}
  • {Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2,…}
  • {priest, bishop, archbishop, cardinal, pope}
 
Source:

Cruse 1986 193

Underlying structure
 

A rank set has the structure of a scale.

 
See:

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


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