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    polysemy or homonomy?

    polysemy or homonymy?

    light (the opposite of dark) + light (the opposite of heavy)


    night + knight

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    Re: polysemy or homonomy?

    The first pair exhibit polysemy; the second pair are homophones.

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    Re: polysemy or homonomy?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    The first pair exhibit polysemy; the second pair are homophones.


    Thank you,
    I think that the relationship between light and light is homonymy
    Each one has different meaning from the other

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    Re: polysemy or homonomy?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    The first pair exhibit polysemy; the second pair are homophones.


    Examples


    Main article: List of polysemes
    • Bank
    1. a financial institution
    2. the building where a financial institution offers services
    3. a synonym for 'rely upon' (e.g. "I'm your friend, you can bank on me"). It is different, but related, as it derives from the theme of security initiated by 1
    However: a river bank is a homonym to 1 and 2, as they do not share etymologies. It is a completely different meaning. River bed, though, is polysemous with the beds on which people sleep.




    That is why I believe that light and light are polysemes

    Is it right Mr konungursvia?
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    Re: polysemy or homonomy?

    Teachers
    I am waiting for your reply
    I am really confused about the relationship between "light" and "light"

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    Re: polysemy or homonomy?

    They're both polysememes and homophones.


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    Re: polysemy or homonomy?

    My dictionary has separate entries for light and light. However, your text suggest that we should compare etymologies for a definitive answer.

    light 1. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

    ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Old English leoht, liht. See leuk- in Appendix I.

    light 2. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

    ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Old English leoht, liht. See legwh- in Appendix I.

    These seem to be quite similar, yet the links to the appendix are different.

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