Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Lexical Relation With A Simple Set Structure


A lexical relation with a simple set structure is a pattern of association between lexical units that share one or more semantic components.


A simple set can be represented mathematically as 

  • {x1, x2, x3, x4, x5}


The most common lexical relation of this type in English is a synonym set. A synonym set consists of lexical units which share all or most of their core semantic components.

Here are some examples of synonym sets:

  • {assembly, gathering, meeting}
  • {just, equitable, lawful, fair}
  • {happy, joyful, glad}