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A category-wide attribute is the primary feature of a superordinate level category, which serves as an abstract but defining feature of the basic level categories that are included in the superordinate level. Category-wide attributes are typically salient aspects of the experience of, or interaction with the stimuli that seres as basis of the basic level categories.

Some examples are:

  • The category-wide attribute of FURNITURE is LARGE MOVABLE OBJECT THAT MAKES A ROOM SUITABLE FOR LIVING.
  • The category-wide attribute of VEHICLE is USED IN ORDER TO TRANSPORT PEOPLE AND OBJECTS.
  • The category-wide attribute of ANIMAl is ANIMATE LIFE FORM.
  • The category-wide attribute of PLANT is INANIMATE LIFE FORM THAT GROWS OUT OF THE EARTH.

Category-wide attributes allow the conceptualizer to highlight the functionally most salient features of basic level categories.

BibliographyEdit

  • Ungerer, Friedrich & Hans-Jörg Schmid (1996). An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics. London: Longman.
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