The main questions at issue were:
If an object is called h√∂g high or l√•g low; what dimension is regarded?
When are the adjectives h√∂g high and l√•g low avoided for describing the vertical dimension; either in favour of the adjectives l√•ng long and kort short; which is the case for objects like curtains; or in favour of the adjectives tjock thick or tunn thin; which is the case for objects like a sheet of paper?
The results showed that if an object is called h√∂g high or l√•g low; the dimension being regarded is vertical. The dimension can either be actually vertical or canonically vertical (the latter is the case for an upright object that has been tilted temporarily). Further; h√∂g high and l√•g low are avoided if there is no mental conception that the described object has a direction upwards. Three-dimensional objects; that are comprehended as having primarily only two dimensions; like a sheet of paper; are called tjock thick or tunn thin instead of h√∂g high or l√•g low; if there occurs a need to talk about the third dimension. Objects that hang down; like curtains; are called l√•ng long or kort short instead of h√∂g high or l√•g low. Objects; whose shape and function do not encourage us to distinguish the vertical dimension from the horizontal one; like a pipe lying on the ground; are not called h√∂g high or l√•g low either.
Svenskans beskrivning 24. F√∂rhandlingar vid Tjugofj√§rde sammankomsten f√∂r svenskans beskrivning
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