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Communication Accommodation Theory

Edited by Howard Giles

Most people modify their ways of speaking, writing, texting, and e-mailing, and so on, according to the people with whom they are communicating. This fascinating book asks why we 'accommodate' to others in this way, and explores the various social consequences arising from it.


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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