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    Question Question about polysemy vs hononymy factors

    Hello my friends,

    I have a linguistics task that requires from us to argue whether bald in expression such as He's going bald or It's a bald on record expression represents polysemy or homonymy, giving at least 3 reasons for the answer.

    Obviously, it's a case of polysemy, since the words in both sentences are semantically similar , with conceptually related meanings ("clear", "uncluttered" , etc.)

    But what more can one say? Any ideas for the other two reasons?

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    Yep, that's one more! Thanks T.

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    How about same other forms- baldly/baldness?

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    That was my instinct too. That by changing the syntactic category, the sense relation can still be applied. I think we got 3. Thanks a lot

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    Kewl.

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    I believe polysemy when we have ONE word that has interrelated meanings...but if they share the same historical root, then I guess the relation is homonymy...

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