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By Herbert H. Clark, Dale H. Schunk, Lance J. Rips, William Turnbull, Rhianon Allen, Arthur S. Reber, Ann M. Peters, Eran Zaidel & Eric Wanner

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So while objects may be more or less green, what is green about insects will be green with respect to other things as well. 2b) will be true on the basis of (2a). For convenience in discussing relative adjectives, let’s call the implicit norm the “reference point”, and the associated category the “reference class” with respect to the adjective in question. For example, in the phrase large insect, insect provides the reference class and the normal size of insects provides the reference point from which “largeness” is determined.

J. Kips at& W. Turnbull Results and Discussion in order to assess our predictions statistically, we performed a regression analysis on the mean truth ratings with superordinate size, object size, and sentence construction as independent variables. 65 for these data). All effects were estimated usmg the procedure for repeated measures described by Cohen and Cohen (1975, Ch. 10). The truth and size ratings were first re-expressed to compenbate for the upper and lower bounds of the scale using the logit transformatron Y = log X -~ log( 10 X), where X is the rating on the original U to 10 scale and Y is the transformed variable (Mosteller & Tukey, 1977, Ch.

For example, the subjects determined for each insect item whether it was bigger or littler than the average insect. ) than average, 5 as average, and 10 as much bigger (wider, thicker) than average. Items from a given category were listed in random order on a separate sheet along with instructions specifying the superordinate category and the dimension on which they were to base their decision. The 15 sheets were then assembled in a booklet, using a new random order of the sheets for each subject.

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