Adjective Definitions and the Influence of Word Frequency
- Windows Words. Casselman, Bill // Vocabula Review;Jul2013, Vol. 15 Issue 7, p1
A definition of the term "eyethurl" is presented. It offers a history of the Old English eyethurl which comes from the Old Norse vindauga meaning wing and eye as Anglo-Saxon wrote it with Old English noun thurl. The author mentions that the term is meet for the engaging plenitude of English...
- Games. RigeRt, SaRah; CRuikshank, Ethan; Boggs, Zoe; Bae, Lily // Creative Kids;Fall2012, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p24
A quiz for children is presented which include matching Latin phrases with their English meanings, providing common trait shared in a given word sets, and adding adverbs on quoted sentences based on the Tom Swift book series.
- ANSWER key. PomeRleau, Kendall // Creative Kids;Fall2012, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p34
The article provides an answer key to a quiz for children which include matching Latin phrases with their English meanings, providing common trait shared in a given word sets, and adding adverbs on quoted sentences based on the Tom Swift book series.
- In The Cut. Weiner, Richard // Public Relations Tactics;Mar2001, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p7
Discusses the different terminologies associated with the word 'cut.' Representation of cut in accordance to the usage; Demonstration of the word cut to its different scenarios; Definition of cut in Great Britain.
- Five Ways of Looking at Awkward. Oso, Sarah // Teen Ink;Oct2013, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p6
The article focuses on the English word awkward which is an adjective as a part of speech, and discusses five ways of using it in English grammar while speaking, addressing, and orating or in any written work.
- Zipf's law extended to small samples of adult speech. Ridley, Dennis R.; Gonzales, Emilia A. // Perceptual & Motor Skills;Aug94, Vol. 79 Issue 1, p153
Extends Zipf's law, which relates the frequencies of words found in speech samples to the number of different words at each frequency, to small samples of both written and oral speech. Qualifications for the extension of Zipf's law; Deviation of oral and written samples from the same speakers in...
- Naturalistic and Experimental Analyses of Word Frequency and Neighborhood Density Effects in Slips of the Ear*. Vitevitch, Michael S. // Language & Speech;Dec2002, Vol. 45 Issue 4, p407
A comparison of the lexical characteristics of 88 auditory misperceptions (i.e., slips of the ear) showed no difference in word-frequency, neighborhood density, and neighborhood frequency between the actual and the perceived utterances. Another comparison of slip of the ear tokens (i.e., actual...
- Synonyms for sexual intercourse: Evidence of Zipf's law. Terry, Roger L. // Psychological Reports;Dec94 Part 2, Vol. 75 Issue 3, p1669
Reports on an example of Zipf's law in the case of sexual vocabulary. Theoretical background; Synonyms for sexual intercourse; Zipf's law positing an inverse relationship between length of words and frequency of their usage in verbal discourse.
- Lost Qualifiers. Galef, David // Vocabula Review;Feb2010, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p1
The article presents the author's insights regarding the omission of qualifiers in common language. It narrates the author's conversation with a friend who used the term chauvinist without the qualifier male but still implied male chauvinist. It notes that the author wanted to bring back the...