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IPA Question!(homonyms and polysemous )
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1. The English word-form 'fall' can mean 'an unintentional descent' OR 'Autumn'. Assuming these two meanings are related, which ONE of the following Statements describes this fact?

a) There are two different words spelt 'fall' and they are homonyms.

b) There are two different words spelt 'fall' and they are synonyms.

c) There are two different words spelt 'fall' and they are antonyms.

d) There is one word spelt 'fall' that is polysemous.

Above is the Q1 of my question~ please help me for the rest too ~ Thanks! I hope someone can help my study! Many many thanks!

MY IPA exam is coming soon~ i review the past exam paper~
but i only got the question, i want to know the answer. So please help me!

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Re: IPA Question!( homonyms and polysemous )
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My guess is (a)homonyms(同形異義字) or (d)polysemous(一詞多義的).
I recommend Tim give an accurate answer as he is an expert in linguistics.

Posted on: 2007/6/7 16:04
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Posted on: 2007/6/7 21:59
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Re: IPA Question! (homonyms and polysemous )
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Lily is right. One way to know if they words are homonyms or just polysemous is too see how dictionaries treat them. If the meanings are grouped under the same heading, they are polysemous. If they are treated under separate headings, they are only homonyms or homographs. Of course you also need to take parts of speech into consideration first.

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Thanks for the answer!
So, for the following question:

The English word-form "light" can mean "not heavy" OR "not dark", but these two meanings are not related. Which ONE of the folloing statements describes this fact?

a. There are two different adjective spelt "light" and they are homonyms.

b. There are two different adjective spelt "light" and they are synonyms.

c. There are two different adjective spelt "light" and they are antonyms.

d. There is only one adjective spelt "light" but it is polysemous.

The answer is a.homonyms.

Am i correct???



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Posted on: 2007/6/8 16:24
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You are right as these two meanings are not related to each other.

Tim

Posted on: 2007/6/9 0:01
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