ERIC Number: ED161271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
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Handbook of Semantic Word Norms.
Toglia, Michael P.; Battig, William F.
This volume contains information derived from college student ratings of a large number and variety of individual words (along with some nonwords) for seven basic semantic characteristics. The primary data are rating values for over 2800 words for seven dimensions of special significance for current research on verbal behavior and related topics. These dimensions are concreteness, imagery, familiarity, pleasantness, categorizability, meaningfulness, and number of attributes. With the exception of the last, all have been previously scaled for smaller samples of words and/or nonwords. The presentation of the normative information is in the form of eight clusters of words that are mutually similar in their semantic properties, as well as a complete alphabetical listing of all words. This is the largest and most comprehensive source of basic normative information about the semantic characteristics of verbal materials. The book should be of special interest to researchers concerned with linguistics and/or verbal behavior for use in selecting or calibrating verbal materials. (Author/NCR)
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Language Patterns, Lexicology, Mathematical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Rating Scales, Semantic Differential, Semantics, Structural Analysis, Student Attitudes, Values, Verbal Ability, Word Lists
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., One Wiley Drive, Somerset, New Jersey 18873 ($14.95)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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