[Lingtyp] Does bipolar polysemy exist?

Sebastian Nordhoff sebastian.nordhoff at glottotopia.de
Thu May 31 07:07:19 EDT 2018


On 05/31/2018 12:57 PM, Joo Ian wrote:
> Dear all,
> 
> I would like to know if the following universal claim holds:
> 
> There exists no lexeme that can mean X and the negation of X. (For example, no lexeme can express “to go” and “to not go”).

That claim does not hold: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-antonym
Best wishes
Sebastian

> 
> I wonder if such “bipolar polysemy” exists in any lexeme, because I cannot think of any, and whether this claim is truly universal.
> I would appreciate to know if there is any counter-evidence.
> 
> From Hong Kong,
> Ian Joo
> http://ianjoo.academia.edu
> 
> 
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