Types of Meaning Compared
This chapter compares the three methods for assessing meaning: dictionary definitions, collocates, and word associations. Pairs of methods for assessing meaning specify some of the same identities in every institutional domain. Analysis of collocates provides definitions of institutional domains that are most shared with results from other methods. All three methods yield the same results as follows: economy, six identities; family, sixteen identities; religion, ten identities; polity, fifteen identities; law, five identities; education, eight identities; medicine, three identities; sport, three identities; arts, four identities. Thus all three methods of assessing meaning portray the same institutional domains, though each method has unique specifications. This chapter also attends to how results regarding gender and race fare across methods and to emergence of similar identity components with two but not all three methods. Finally, it is noted that some identity words do not load on any institutional component, regardless of the method for assessing meaning.