[Lingtyp] Does bipolar polysemy exist?

Eitan Grossman eitan.grossman at mail.huji.ac.il
Thu May 31 07:24:33 EDT 2018


In the Sahidic dialect of Coptic (Afroasiatic), *ehrai *means 'up' and
'down.'


Eitan Grossman
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Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 2:15 PM, Mathias Jenny <mathias.jenny at uzh.ch> wrote:

> In Thai, *cʰâj* means 'be so', but in literary style it is also used to
> mean 'not be so'.
>
> Mathias Jenny
>
> mathias.jenny at uzh.ch
>
>
> On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 1:07 PM Giorgio Francesco Arcodia <
> giorgio.arcodia at unimib.it> wrote:
>
>>
>> I don't know if that counts, but: in Italian, *ospite* means both 'host'
>> and 'guest'. In a given situation, you can't be both, so, (I guess) in a
>> sense this word can be the negation of itself.
>>
>> Apologies, semantics is not my *forte.*
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Giorgio
>> 馬振國
>>
>> 2018-05-31 13:03 GMT+02:00 Mattis List <mattis.list at lingpy.org>:
>>
>>> Wouldn't the frequent cases of pronouns or pronoun-like words in French
>>> (personne = "person, nobody", pas = "step, not", etc.) come close to
>>> this notion? And this process has historically also be claimed for other
>>> negation words, like Ancient Greek "ou", if I am not mistaken.
>>>
>>> Best,
>>>
>>> Mattis
>>>
>>> On 2018-05-31 12:57, 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”)./
>>> >
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > 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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