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Categorical Difference Between 'street', 'boulevard' and 'avenue'

asked 2015-03-19 12:52:08 -0400

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Apparently ''street'', ''avenue'', ''boulevard'' and other designations of the ''road'' commonly used to specify a street address, are not synonyms. They emerge in one specific content and literally separate their child objects rather than simply substitute each other. Thus they aren't synonyms, but what are they?

Such ''split categories'' are present in different languages and seem to be very natural and common. An ''officer'', an ''engineer'', a ''manager'', a ''worker'' and so forth categories under particular circumstances could separate working (even in one company) people not by ''rank'', but by some often pretty blurred definition of their place of work and/or duties. What are such things?

Thank you!

Dmitry Chernikov

(Transferred from old LINGUIST List Ask-a-Linguist site)

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answered 2015-04-05 19:39:08 -0400

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updated 2015-04-05 19:43:28 -0400

Are you asking what kind or part of speech? Or, rather what is the difference? I am not sure whether you live in a different part of the world, but in the USA these terms are usually specific. Think of "carport" as opposed to "garage." A carport and a garage are both places one can park their vehicle. However, a carport is an open structure and a garage is an enclosed structure. Both can be attached to a house or detached. Therefore, they both have their own classifications, objects, features, etc. which help to identify and separate them. Thus, these terms are identifier terms.

In this same vein, a street is narrower than an avenue or boulevard. An avenue is usually more scenic and wider than a street. A boulevard has multiple lanes and usually a divider of some kind which separates the lanes which pass in opposite directions. We also have "drive" which means the streets do not end in a cove or circle, but rather you can drive quite a ways on them. A "circle" means that a street will usually circle back around to a common street, almost like the letter "c" or "u." A "cove" is exactly like its waterbound counterpart, it is a street that ends in an "o" shape; and, these coves often have houses which help classify it as a residenial area which does not receive much traffic.

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