Accession Number : AD0661610

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

Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Machina,Kenton F.

Report Date : 06 NOV 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : The two most common syntactic constructions in which 'having', 'characterized by', and 'marked by' occur in Webster's 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)

Descriptors :   (*DICTIONARIES, SEMANTICS), SYNTAX, ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE