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What is a scalar property lexical relation?



Understanding the scalar property lexical relation is important in using words which refer to such things as

  • dimensions, and
  • physical properties.

A scalar property lexical relation is an association between sets of lexical units which refers to the relative values for a property of an object or event as determined against a qualitative standard.

Examples (English)
  • Scalar property


    Relative distances

    {here, there, yonder}

    Relative force

    {nudge, push, bulldoze}

    Relative size

    {tiny, small, medium, large, huge}

    Relative time

    {immediately, soon, later}

    Relative temperature

    {cold, cool, lukewarm, warm, hot}

    Relative velocity (human movement)

    {crawl, walk, run}

  • Underlying structure

    A scalar property 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.


    Here are some frames for testing and eliciting a scalar property lexical relation:

    • Using a set of objects differing only in a particular property (such as size), ask a language associate to describe and compare the different objects.
    • The <property name> of an <object name, activity name> can range from A, to B, to C…to F.

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