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We present a corpus-based study of methods that have been proposed in the linguistics literature for selecting the semantically unmarked term out of a pair of antonymous adjectives. Solutions to this problem are applicable to the more general task of selecting the positive term from the pair. Using automatically collected data, the accuracy and applicability of each method is quantified, and a statistical analysis of the significance of the results is performed. We show that some simple methodsdoi:10.3115/981658.981685 dblp:conf/acl/HatzivassiloglouM95 fatcat:ftqqpiaxu5cjhcanibfjvskcku