While working with sentiment and I found out that the reasons for some lexemes to be considered positive could be widely different. E.g.

  • happiness is a strong emotion;
  • insurance is a useful tool.

But it seems that there are more reasons others than emotion and usefulness to consider a lexeme as positive (unique, irresistible, keen mind, ecosystem, patriotism, softness, etc).

I am looking for some research and/or papers to widen my knowledge of the topic and answer the question stated.

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    I suspect that the polarity of lexemes is, at root, always Darwinian. – amI Nov 8 at 19:24
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    What do you mean positive? I don't ask for a definition, but it'd be nice to see non-positive lexemes, just for understanding. – rus9384 Nov 9 at 11:54
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    @rus9384 I seems a natural ability for humans to separate negative entities from positive. Generally speaking positive is connected with pleasant feelings, comfort or benefits (immediate or future). Negative is connected with unpleasant feelings, discomfort or losses (immediate or future). Examples for negatives are: death, expensive, hatred, damage, useless, injure, incapacious, etc. – Denis Kulagin Nov 9 at 12:48
  • @rus9384 I believe that mentioned ability is connected with our "internal sensors" allowing to react to immediate situation as well as with our ability to recall things and to some extent prognose future given the current situation. – Denis Kulagin Nov 9 at 12:52
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    According to your definition, positive things are positive due to neural structure which is the result of brain development which is the result of evolution. The ability to extent prognose has nothing to do with linguistics and since you suspect here the same mechanism is involved, this clearly is psychology question. – rus9384 Nov 9 at 12:54

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