Zoe's research writing

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

My new plan

I don't think that I can handle both antoantonym and antiantonym;
therefore, I plan to drop antiantonym which i have less clue and i am not as interested in that
as in autoantonym.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


Shipley, Joseph T. 1984. The origin of English words. The Johns Hopkins University Press. Call number. PE 1571 S54
This is a dictionary of etymology. It tells the etymology of individual words and how do they derive. In addition, it uses the quotation in masterpieces as an example. This book will help me to find of the source of every autoantonym word.

Liberman, Anatoly. 2005. Words origins: and how we know them. Oxford University Press.
In this book, objects and methods of etymology are discussed. Also how does a word change its meaning which is the one of the subtopics that I would like to discuss in my paper is also mentioned in the book.

Fromkin, Victoria. 2003. An introduction to language (7th ed.). Heinle, a part of Thomson Corporation.
This is a linguistic introductory book. The definition of auto-antonyms and anti-antonyms are stated in this book.

Jackson, Howard., & Amvela, Etienne Z. 2000. Words, meaning and vocabulary. The Cromwell Press.
Lexicology is the main topic discussed in this book. The author introduces the base word formation and also the meaning relation (synonyms and antonyms) between words.

Cruse, D.A. 1986. Lexical semantics. Cambridge University Press.
This book discusses meaning on word level. The part that related to my paper will be how do we classified antonyms, which is largely stated. Rather than tell the three types of antonym, it tells the ways and tips to group antonym.

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Bentin S. (1987). Event-related potentials, semantic processes, and expectancy factors in word recognition.
Colombo, L., & Williams, J. (1990). Effects of word- and sentence-level contexts upon word recognition. Memory & Cognition; Memory & Cognition
Eve Sweetser. (1991) From Etymology to Pragmatics. Cambridge University Press.
Goldberg, Lewis R.; Kilkowski, James M. (1985). The prediction of semantic consistency in self-descriptions: Characteristics of persons and of terms that affect the consistency of responses to synonym and antonym pairs. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Steven Jones. (2002). Antonymy: a corpus based perspective. London: Routledge.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

To change or not to change??

I can't even find one suitable academic paper on my topic

There ARE some website discuss about autoantonym, but they are too superficial and some
of them are just personal ideas.

I don't think I can use them as my reference

What can I do under this circumstance????

Change my topic????

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Thsis/ Outline/ Key words/ Questions

Thesis statement: Autoantonym and antiantonym which controdict the ordinary word inflectional rules semanticly must undergo some changes.


I. Introduction: what are autoantonym and antiantonym
II. Antoantonym
A. Formation
B. Main cause
C. What kind of antonyms are those words?(1. conplementary 2. gradable 3. relational )
III. Antiantonym
A. Formation
B. Main cause
C. In what way do they contradict inflectional rules semanticly?
IV. Will they remain autoantonym and antiantonym?
A. Word derivation
B. Language interference
C. Ambiguity
V. Conclusion

Key Words.
word coinage/ antonym/ language interference / etymology


How does langauge inflrence each other?
How does words derived?
Why do two words merge into one word rather than remain two?
What kind of words tend to adopt these phenomena more?