In contrast to the notion of sense relations, polysemy and homonymy refer to similarities rather than differences between meanings. A word is polysemous when. Abstract. In this article we examine the concepts of polysemy and homonymy. After a broad overview of the topic we focus on the treatment of several examples . Polysemy and homonymy are semantic phenomena that are part of our everyday language. Polysemous words possess two or more related senses; homonyms.

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The statue was made out of a block of wood. A word becomes polysemous if it can be used to express different meanings.

Polysemous words can be understood if you know the meaning of one word. Given below are some examples of homonyms:.

They fixed a date for the wedding. Polysemy and Homonymy are two similar concepts in linguistics.

It is sometimes difficult to determine whether a word is amd or not because the relations between words can be vague and unclear. This is the main difference between polysemy and homonymy. He drank a glass of milk. He forgot to milk the cow. Polysemy refers to words or phrases with different, but related meanings.

He fixed his hair. Such words are generally listed in dictionaries under one entry; numbers may be used to denote the subtle differences. But, examining the origins of the words can help to decide poljsemy a word is polysemic or homonymous.

He read the newspaper. Two or more words become homonyms if they either sound the same homophoneshave the same spelling homographsor if they both homophones and homographs, but do not have related meanings. Although the meanings of the underlined word pairs only have a subtle difference. The meaning of homonymous words cannot be guessed since the words have polydemy meanings. Her areas of interests include literature, language, linguistics and also food.

Difference Between Polysemy and Homonymy

The difference between these meanings can be obvious or subtle. His cottage is hhomonymy a small wood. The enraged actor sued the newspaper. Some words do not have the same spellings, but they share same the same pronunciation.

Polysemous words are listed under one entry in dictionaries. Homonymy refers to two unrelated words that look or sound the same.

Polysemy is the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase. Homonymy refers to the existence of two or more words having the same spelling or pronunciation but different meanings and origins.

Homonymy has completely different meanings.

Difference Between Polysemy and Homonymy | Definition, Meaning, Word Origin, etc.

Both of them refer to homonhmy having multiple meanings. The origins of the words are related. Polysemy has different, yet related meanings. The above two examples are both written and read alike; they have the same spellings and sounds. Polysemy refers to the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase. She is currently reading for a Masters degree in English.