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A corpus-based case study of differences in meaningand usage of two near-synonyms. American awesome vs. British wicked


  • Karin Rasmusson

Summary, in English

“Near-synonymy is the study of semantic relations between lexemes or
constructions that possess a similar usage” (Glynn 2010: 2; Lyons 1995:60;
Divjak 2006:21). In this study two near-synonyms awesome and wicked are
to be looked more closely at. Near-synonyms have similar meanings but
they do not mean exactly the same. The aim of the study is to try to locate
whether such small differences in meaning and usage of the two lexemes
are present, and if they are what these differences might be.


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Document type

Student publication for Bachelor's degree


  • Languages and Literatures


  • Dylan Glynn