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an early, pre-market, model of a product which is being developed. Small numbers of prototypes of new products are often constructed to aid the process of testing the performance and consumer acceptability of the product prior to deciding whether or not to engage in full-scale commercial production and marketing of the product. See NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT.
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Since the linking morpheme is prototypically semantically empty, Figure 12 represents the conceptual constructional schema of a prototypical linking morpheme in any Afrikaans complex word--compounds and non-compounds.
Most phonaesthemes--sound symbolic clusters, consonants, or vowels--are cognitively salient, since they prototypically tend to occur either at the beginning or the end of the word (e.g.
As regards-ie (and its variant-y), prototypically, it creates diminutive nouns or adjectives and hypocoristic names: Bessy (< Elizabeth) or Annie (< Anne).
Summary does not apply to NV but can be prototypically associated with NRSA (and IS?) on the scale, although it is possible in fact to find examples of summary using other categories on the scale, when a writer wants to summarize something in a more dramatic or vivid way than normal.
The first group comprises news stories and historical texts, both prototypically written genres characterized by the professional status of their authors and their recognizable topics such as history, politics, society and the like.
However, some closed-class words are prototypically Scots, e.g.
These constituents have many semantic and pragmatic properties of prototypical subjects in Croatian, but lack the assignment of the nominative case as the case which prototypically encodes subjects.
This BPR process was started by President Otsuka, who saw that the centralized management system of banks could be applied to Otsuka Corporation, a prototypically decentralized organization.
Meaning E arises, therefore, from A, but loses the directional value, focusing on the act of laying the body on the ground or on any other surface for whatever reason (sleep, prototypically).
In this sense, one of the challenges for future investigations consists of approaching the question of whether MS may produce unequivocal signs of zeal and conviction in outgroup rejection, prejudice or dehumanization even among liberal or left-wing people, when it is the case of really threatening outgroups that violate prototypically liberal values.