LINGUIST List 30.3545
Fri Sep 20 2019
Disc: Hard to Categorize Phrases
Editor for this issue: Everett Green <everettlinguistlist.org>
Raymond kao <rkao
Hard to Categorize Phrases E-mail this message to a friend
Hi all! I am currently working on a string classification project using Wikidata entries. I was wondering if there was a special linguistic term for a compound phrase. Let me give a few examples of the project in its current state.
1. "George Washington" - this string is a personal name.
2. "California" - this string is a toponym.
More Complex Examples:
1. "The Vatican" - the entity that this refers to is a place of worship, but the string itself cannot be a place of worship. Therefore, it is categorized as a toponym.
2. "NATO" - the entity NATO is an international organization, but the string "NATO" is categorized as an abbreviation.
1. "David Bowie (1947-2016)" - it contains both a personal name and a time interval, but what would we call the ENTIRE string itself?
2. 92 (88 men and 4 women)
Thank you so much in advance! If I can clarify anything further, please let me know.
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
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