Full text: Semantics of ownership

sequencing of categorized exemplars, supporting the argument 
that size was a factor in the recall listings. 
Several categories are rather unique and should be 
discussed in their own right. The vast majority of recall 
exemplars from both recall tasks were material objects, 
things that are negotiable and alienable, things that can be 
bought and sold. However, this does not apply to items in 
five of the categories. For example, personal intangibles, 
including such items as "youth", "sense of humor", 
"education", and "family love", were listed eight times as 
owned and 16 times as not owned. Seven subjects listed 
their selves or parts of their selves as owned, and none 
listed these as not owned. People were listed as not owned 
25 times, with only one subject listing a spouse as owned. 
Finally, 15 subjects listed exemplars of public property as 
not owned and nine listed unownable natural phenomena, such 
as sun, wind, and air. It could be conjectured that these 
types of exemplars argue for an interpretation of "owning" 
as "having" or "possessing". 
Rank Order of Criteria 
The recall items themselves are not as informative as 
the subjects' perceptions of their recall items. These were 
measured in a constrained manner by having subjects judge 
the applicability of the set of 12 criteria to each of their

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