Following is a review I wrote of a volume of Margaret Masterman's collected papers, edited by Yorick Wilks:
Review of _Language, Cohesion and Form_
You can buy the paperback from Amazon for $24.90, or you can browse the Google books version for free.
Yorick adopted Masterman's primitives as a basis for his early version of preference semantics. Following is a paper he wrote on that topic in 1975:
Primitives and Words
But that is over 35 years old. Following is a list of his more recent publications:
> The requirement for proper interpretation is that each of the
> N words be defined in terms of some others, or said word be
> individually interpretable, in a way that fits the quirks
> and angles of the English language as used by a young person,
> with little world knowledge other than what has been directly
Children don't start with primitives. They start with complex concepts like Mommy, doggie, cookie, and gimme. The so-called primitives are the result of analysis by adults who have learned how to write dissertations about language.
I believe there are no primitives that are truly primitive in the sense that they cannot be analyzed in different ways by different adults with different biases.