Antonymy is the technical name used to describe 'opposites', pairs of words such as rich/poor, love/hate and male/female. Antonyms are a ubiquitous part of everyday language, and this book provides a detailed, comprehensive account of the phenomenon.
This book demonstrates how traditional linguistic theory can be revisited, updated and challenged in the corpus age. It will be essential reading for scholars interested in antonymy and corpus linguistics.

chapter 1|8 pages

The ‘unique fascination’ of antonymy

chapter 2|16 pages

A brief history of antonymy

chapter 3|20 pages

Approaching antonymy afresh

Issues of data and methodology

chapter 4|16 pages

New classes of antonymy I

Ancillary Antonymy

chapter 5|14 pages

New classes of antonymy II

Coordinated Antonymy

chapter 6|29 pages

New classes of antonymy III

Minor classes

chapter 7|16 pages

The endemicity of antonymy

chapter 8|18 pages

Antonym sequence

chapter 9|16 pages

Antonymy, word class and gradability

chapter 10|14 pages

Tomorrow’s antonyms

chapter 11|12 pages


Past, present and future