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What's the Real Thing?: Paradoxes and Prototypes of an English Adjective
Luleå tekniska universitet.
2003 (English)In: ICAME Journal/International Computer Archive of Modern English, ISSN 0801-5775, E-ISSN 1502-5462, Vol. 27, 29-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this preliminary survey of the adjective real, corpus data are used to describe its collocational properties. The meaning of real may seem to vary in a paradoxical manner, in that "real things" are sometimes those that are natural & sometimes those that are unnatural. In an attempt to reconcile its apparent inconsistencies in meaning I make a distinction between how real is used with reference to artifacts & to natural objects. Another distinction is made between whether speakers categorize objects on a prototypical or on a truth-conditional basis.

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2003. Vol. 27, 29-50 p.
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English, Specialization in Didactics
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-5241Local ID: 348f10b0-6eb5-11dd-8151-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:978115
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