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Dictionary Meanings of Identities

  • David R. Heise
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Abstract

Thirty principal components represent convergences in dictionary definitions of identities. Three—Employees, Workers, and Organization Members—are aspects of economy. Four components—Family Relations, Partners, Children, and Sexuality—name facets of family. Three—Religious Ideologues, Christians, and Ceremonialists—are aspects of religion. Four components represent polity: Public Officials, Political Ideologues, Agents, and Martial Identities. Law is represented by a component named Law. Education is represented by a component named Education. A component named Medical Specialists represents medicine. The domain of sport is represented by components named Sports and Players. A component named Performing Arts represents arts. No component in this study represents an institutional domain of science. Results of this large-scale analysis generally parallel a previous analysis of different dictionary data. However, two unexpected domain-like areas appear in the results here: females (based on components named Women and Girls) and race.

Keywords

Institutional domains Dictionary definitions Sex Race Principal components 

References

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Heise
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  1. 1.Indiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA

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