Dimensional Vs. Gestalt Approach to the Process of Categorization

Rebecca M. Frumkina
(Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)

Abstract Reported are the main conclusions about the process of establishing similarity a rrived at after many years of experimental research on word recognition, classif ication of words of everyday usage (color names, names of tableware, meals, frui t, vegetables), as well as classification of common objects (coins, buttons etc) . It is argued that under normal condition the Gestalt approach prevails, the di mensional one being also used when required by the task.