## Whole-Part Lexical Relation

Definition:

The whole-part lexical relation is an association between a lexical unit representing a part and a lexical unit representing its corresponding whole.

Discussion:

Another name for the whole-part lexical relation is |

Meronymy may be represented by the following frame:

- Y has X(s). An X is a part of Y.

Examples:

"An arm has an elbow. An elbow is a part of an arm." |

Whole |
Parts |
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See Also:

Source:

157, 160, 178

Additional Information:

**Underlying Structure:**

The underlying structure of a whole-part lexical relation set is a tree.

**Frames:**

Here are some frames for testing and eliciting a whole-part lexical relation:

- A Y has an X and an X is a part of Y.
- A Y has Xs and an X is a part of Y.
- The parts of a Y include the X(s), the Z(s), etc.
- The X(s) and the Z(s) are parts of a Y.

This page is an extract from the LinguaLinks Library. Version 5.0 published on CD-ROM by SIL International, 2003.