Accession Number : AD0710913

Title :   A STUDY OF VERB MEANINGS IN TERMS OF THEIR WORKER AND JOB ORIENTATION.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : PURDUE RESEARCH FOUNDATION LAFAYETTE IND

Personal Author(s) : Gordon,George Gary

Report Date : JUN 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 104

Abstract : The general purpose of the study was to explore some of the semantic problems in job description. An attempt was made to classify verbs along a continuum of orientation where the end points were defined as: (1) Job-Oriented--those words which tell what is accomplished, but do not tell what the worker is doing. (2) Worker-Oriented--those words which tell what the worker is doing. The results indicated that verbs could be categorized in terms of their orientation with the resulting scale values being meaningful and logical. Although the reliabilities of single raters were low, the reliabilities of the combined judgments of 20 raters were consistently above .80. It was also found that in the sample of job descriptions studied, only about 15 per cent of the verbs extracted described worker actions, indicating that the number of such words may well be quite limited. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SEMANTICS, *JOB ANALYSIS), CLASSIFICATION, THESES

Subject Categories : Linguistics
      Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE