The Linguistic Expression of Quality in Tongan: Evidence for Radiality
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Giovanni Bennardo: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4982-249X
Cultural Model Theory is applied to the domain of quality in Tongan. Adjectives used by speakers to characterize particular nouns in freelisting tasks were compared with the set of words labeled as adjectives in Churchward’s dictionary (an approximation to the total set of quality lexemes available to Tongan speakers); the free-listing results showed a greater incidence of adjectives denoting primary (intrinsic) qualities over secondary qualities (involving relations between qualified entity and ego). Hence, the cultural model of radiality, involving a focus on other-than-ego, proposed for other cognitive domains in Tongan likely operates also in the domain of quality.
Bennardo, Giovanni, "The Linguistic Expression of Quality in Tongan: Evidence for Radiality" (2020). NIU Bibliography. 116.
Department of Anthropology