Towards a taxonomy of personality descriptors in German: A psycho‐lexical study

@article{Angleitner1990TowardsAT,
  title={Towards a taxonomy of personality descriptors in German: A psycho‐lexical study},
  author={A. Angleitner and F. Ostendorf and O. John},
  journal={European Journal of Personality},
  year={1990},
  volume={4},
  pages={89 - 118}
}
We present two studies aimed at developing a comprehensive taxonomy of German personality‐descriptive terms. In the first study, all personality‐descriptive adjectives (e.g. cynical), type nouns (e.g. cynic), and attribute nouns (e.g. cynicism) were extracted from a German dictionary. We found that almost half of all German adjectives were potentially personality‐relevant, as contrasted with only 8% of the nouns. Moreover, there were more attribute nouns than type nouns, the latter appearing… Expand
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