ERIC Number: ED028441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-1
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Semantic Influences on Sentence Production: The Use of Adjectives.
Forty-four undergraduates were assigned to two groups of 22 subjects each. The high association (HA) group was given booklets that contained a series of associatively related (free association norms) contrastive adjectives, one pair to a page, while the low association (LA) group was given booklets containing pairs of associatively unrelated adjectives. The task was to use each of the adjective pairs in a sentence with no restrictions placed on the content or syntactic structure of the sentences produced. It was anticipated that the semantic structure of the HA adjectives would lead subjects to use them to modify the same noun less often than LA adjectives, but to use them to modify the same noun in multiple occurrences of the noun (with contrasting referents) more frequently than LA adjectives. The data were analyzed for these measures and for one other, the tendency to use the adjectives to modify completely different nouns. The results tended to support the hypotheses. (Author/DO)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Research on Language and Language Behavior.
Note: Report included in Studies in Language and Language Behavior, Progress Report No. VIII.