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Conceptualised Deviations from Expected Normalities: A semantic comparison between lexical items ending in -ful and -less

Holmqvist, Kenneth LU and Pluciennik, Jaroslaw (1995)
Abstract
In our article, we start by posing the question why some adjectival stems can end both in -ful and -less, while others take only one of the endings. Together these items make up around 1% of the entries in a good dictionary. It soon becomes clear that we need to use several basic concepts from cognitive linguistics to answer our question: boundedness, mass vs. individual, part-whole relations and container metaphors. By this we can divide the -ful and -less items into a number of subgroups with different semantics. The most important aspect of their semantics, however, is that both -ful and -less express deviations from our expectations of how the normal world is structured. In other words; they represent the world by negating it
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  abstract     = {In our article, we start by posing the question why some adjectival stems can end both in -ful and -less, while others take only one of the endings. Together these items make up around 1% of the entries in a good dictionary. It soon becomes clear that we need to use several basic concepts from cognitive linguistics to answer our question: boundedness, mass vs. individual, part-whole relations and container metaphors. By this we can divide the -ful and -less items into a number of subgroups with different semantics. The most important aspect of their semantics, however, is that both -ful and -less express deviations from our expectations of how the normal world is structured. In other words; they represent the world by negating it},
  author       = {Holmqvist, Kenneth and Pluciennik, Jaroslaw},
  keyword      = {Cognitive Studies},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Conceptualised Deviations from Expected Normalities: A semantic comparison between lexical items ending in -ful and -less},
  year         = {1995},
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