Degrees of abstraction in French and English generic nouns : an analysis of word association tasks

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dc.contributor.advisor Blyth, Carl S. (Carl Stewart), 1958-
dc.creator Hirsh, Timothy William
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-21T15:52:00Z
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-21T15:52:06Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-21T15:52:00Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-21T15:52:06Z
dc.date.created 2010-12
dc.date.issued 2011-02-21
dc.date.submitted December 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-12-2347
dc.description.abstract In language, there exists a distinction between abstract words and concrete words. It can be said that abstract words refer to generic concepts, while concrete words pertain to physical actions or objects associated with physical movement. With respect to the linguistic community, it is often claimed that French words function at a higher degree of abstraction than English words. However, this claim lacks empirical evidence. The present study aims to examine the usage of concrete and abstract words in word association tasks, which are part of Cultura: an intercultural, web-based project that brings foreign language students from different countries and linguistic backgrounds together in a telecollaborative exchange of ideas. Specifically, this study examines the degrees of abstraction of generic nouns in French and English.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject French
dc.subject English
dc.subject Abstraction
dc.subject Concreteness
dc.subject Abstract nouns
dc.subject Concrete nouns
dc.subject Computer mediated communication
dc.title Degrees of abstraction in French and English generic nouns : an analysis of word association tasks
dc.date.updated 2011-02-21T15:52:06Z
dc.contributor.committeeMember Russi, Cinzia
dc.description.department French and Italian
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department French and Italian
thesis.degree.discipline French
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts

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