Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2016)
Neutralization in Antonymic Sets
Author(s): Anahit Hovhannisyan
Abstract: This paper attempts at outlining the process of neutralization in antonymic pairs. The issue at stake is whether neutralization operates at paradigmatic or at syntagmatic level. Normally, what happens to counter- numbers of antonymic set in case of neutralization or to what extent does polarization reduce between the two extremes of an antonymic pair. The paper explores antonymic sets occupying lexical environment in text. By analyzing lexical environment of antonymic pairs we could define outer and inner factors of context maturing neutralization of antonyms. The data at our disposal showed that neutralization can be of two types: complete and non- complete.