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Query:   Results on adj. such as 'big'
Author:  Sanford Goldberg
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Semantics

Summary:   I POSTED A QUERY ON THE LINGUIST WEB PAGE CONCERNING THE SEMANTICS AND
MENTAL REPRESENTATION OF ADJECTIVES, SUCH AS 'BIG', WHOSE SEMANTIC
CONTRIBUTION DEPENDS ON THE NOUN IT IS MODIFYING. (AS ILLUSTRATION, A
BIG MOUSE IS SMALLLER THAN A SMALL CAR.) I WANT TO REPORT BRIEFLY ON
THE RESULTS OF MY QUERY.

TO BEGIN, VARIOUS LINGUISTS RESPONDED BY PRODUCING NO LESS THAN FOUR
DISTINCT DESCRIPTIONS OF SUCH ADJECTIVES: THE ADJECTIVES WERE
DESCRIBED AS

LL Issue: 10.572
Date Posted: 20-Apr-1999
Original Query: Read original query