The effects of relational and physical distance on lexical diversity Academic Article uri icon


  • Lexical diversity was found to be significantly higher when speakers were talking to strangers rather than friends and when speakers were seated further rather than closer to the listener. Results were interpreted as indicating verbal caution in adapting to context. © 1983 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

author list (cited authors)

  • Jordan, W. J., Street, R. L., & Putman, W. B.

citation count

  • 7

publication date

  • December 1983