Full text: Semantics of ownership

cluster members are from the maximum score. Thus, a cluster 
value near 1.00 would indicate that ownership entails that 
The strongest finding, based on the judgements of 
recall exemplars, is that the dictionary lexicographers 
appear to be right. Ownership entails possession. As the 
old adage says, "Possession is nine points of the law". 
Further, it appears that ownership entails Social Defensive 
criteria, of which possession is a part. In Table 12, the 
Social Defensive criteria were clearly the dominant criteria 
by both implicit judgement schemes. It seems that subjects 
nad a strong tendency to list items which had a social 
orientation, of owner versus non-owners. 
A similar cluster of criteria was found by Rapoport & 
Fillenbaum (1972). In both of their studies, "own" is 
clustered with "have", "belong", "hold", "keep", and "save". 
As a group, these verbs display the quality of defensive 
possession. That Eisenberg, Bartlett, & Haake (in press). 
did not find that young children used possesion as an 
ownership cue might be accounted for by the preschool 
setting of the experiment or by the relatively short 
durations of possession allowed. More importantly, their 
report of negative findings was based on the lack of

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