Publication details [#2795]

Publication type
Article in book
Publication language
Language as a subject


D. considers the usage of content words (as opposed to function words) in twenty English and twenty Japanese narratives produced in response to 'the pear film'. The results suggest that speakers of both languages make extensive use of a body of referentially 'basic' lexemes, but that any of a number of cognitive, stylistic, and textual constraints may cause the speaker to abandon these basic terms in categorizing a given object at a given point in the discourse.