Two meanings of word abstractness

@article{Kammann1971TwoMO,
  title={Two meanings of word abstractness},
  author={R. Kammann and L. Streeter},
  journal={Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior},
  year={1971},
  volume={10},
  pages={303-306}
}
  • R. Kammann, L. Streeter
  • Published 1971
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior
  • Word abstractness has been defined in terms of hierarchical superordination or empirical ratings based on accessibility to the senses. Since a high-level superordinate (a generic term) should not be accessible to the senses, the two definitions should be correlated. Four Ss constructed word hierarchies from a pool of 925 nouns. Neither the size of a patriarch's hierarchy, nor its status as a superordinate was noticeably predictive of its abstractness rating, while its particular hierarchy… CONTINUE READING
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