ERIC Number: ED030871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Nov
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Interpersonal Verbs and Interpersonal Behavior.
Osgood, Charles E.
This report provides a summary of the research to date on the semantics of interpersonal verbs and the applications of the information obtained to cross-cultural studies of interpersonal norms and behaviors. A theory of interpersonal perception and behavior in relation to the meanings of interpersonal verbs in the language is presented. Intuitive and empirical approaches to the discovery of semantic features are contrasted. The potential powers and limitations of empirical methods are illustrated by a review of the semantic differential technique. A new empirical approach, called semantic interaction technique (essentially, using the rules of usage of words in a syntactic combination as the basis for inferring the semantic features of the words thus combined) is described, along with a preliminary theory of the dynamics of semantic interaction. Several cross-cultural, cross-linguistic studies are reported, including a comparison of Japanese with American English interpersonal-verb/adverb intersection results; a study of the features of Thai interpersonal pronouns; and a comparison of a new form of Role Differential among Japanese in Japan, Hawaiians of Japanese ancestry, and American English speakers in Illinois. (Author/DO)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Interaction, Interpersonal Relationship, Japanese, North American English, Pronouns, Semantics, Thai, Verbal Communication, Verbs
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Group Effectiveness Research Lab.