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I am working closely with semantic class of containers. It's not that obvious though how to define the class. Should it be enclosed? Obviously not, spoon is an example. Could flat surface serve as the container? Tray seems to prove the point. But should we call a table container then? Seems unlikely.

Could you help me figuring the borders of the containers.

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    How could anyone decide? Is a bucket, a glass, or a bathtub one? A glass contains liquids. Are you really that a spoon is a container? Suggestion: conduct a psych survey and ask people to classify spoons, sinks, horses, holes and so on as "containers". – user6726 Mar 31 '18 at 23:18
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    Containers and cups etc are a classic example used by prototype theory. You're not going to be able to find good borders. – curiousdannii Apr 1 '18 at 0:23
  • Possible duplicate of english.stackexchange.com/a/75744/15299 – jlawler Apr 1 '18 at 0:28
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    Not sure if your research is based on English or Russian data. If you can read in Russian, I strongly recommend Рахилина 2010 Лингвистика конструкций - you will need chapter 3, "А был ли концепт? Контейнер и содержимое в русском языке". She reviews relevant literature and specifically answers your question. The whole book is available on Academia. – Alex B. Apr 1 '18 at 1:39
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    @AlexB Thanks for the book reference. It's of much value to me. – Denis Kulagin Apr 1 '18 at 6:05

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