The purpose of this thesis is to try to establish the extent to which the words
good, bad, true and right can be considered lexical universals. These words have
been chosen because they are value-judgment terms which, individually, have been
discussed at length by philosophers. It seems to be assumed by philosohers and
semanticists that these words reflect concepts which are shared by speakers of all
languages. By testing whether these words are candidates for lexical universals we
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