Accession Number:

AD0661610

Title:

'HAVING', 'CHARACTERIZED BY', AND 'MARKED BY' IN WEBSTER'S SEVENTH NEW COLLEGIATE DICTIONARY,

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Corporate Author:

SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

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Report Date:

1967-11-06

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

The two most common syntactic constructions in which having, characterized by, and marked by occur in Websters Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary are discussed, with a view to isolating the standard occurrences of these word groups which are here referred to as defining formulas for comparison with each other. Standard occurrences of characterized by and marked by are found to perform the same semantic function, while having is found to differ semantically from characterized by and marked by in subtle ways. It is argued that this difference in semantic function can be elucidated by developing a system of semantic categories. Such a system is tentatively proposed and is used to explain a number of the semantic differences in question, thus providing a justification for the system. It is argued that it is possible to interpret the system in such a way that it becomes clearer how, for a given adjective, the proper range of modifiable nouns is determined from the definition of that adjective. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Linguistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE