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    homonymy

    I would like to know if this concept is correct of homonymy:

    “tap” means to hit lightly whereas another meaning is it is an object to draw liquid from. This word has indirect meaning; therefore, this is a case of homonymy.

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    Re: homonymy

    Take a look here, Online Etymology Dictionary, especially at the origin of the words.


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    Re: homonymy

    Besides, they don't have any common semes to be regarded as members of one and the same family.
    Unlike, for example, to look - a look, to turn - a turn,
    which may serve as examples of a word-formation by the method of conversion.

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    Re: homonymy

    Quote Originally Posted by Fame View Post
    I would like to know if this concept is correct of homonymy:

    “tap” means to hit lightly whereas another meaning is it is an object to draw liquid from. This word has indirect meaning; therefore, this is a case of homonymy.
    I'm not sure what you mean by a word having indirect meaning.
    What makes it an example of homonymy is that the one form, "tap" has two separate derivations leading to two unrelated meanings.

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