In linguistics, troponymy is the presence of a 'manner' relation between two lexemes.

The concept was originally proposed by Christiane Fellbaum and George Miller.[1] Some examples they gave are "to nibble is to eat in a certain manner, and to gorge is to eat in a different manner. Similarly, to traipse or to mince is to walk in some manner".[2]

Troponymy is one of the possible relations between verbs in the semantic network of the WordNet database.

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  • Fellbaum, C; Miller, G (1990). "Folk psychology or semantic entailment? A reply to Rips and Conrad (1989)". Psychological Review. 97: 565–570. doi:10.1037/0033-295x.97.4.565.
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