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by SeverinK
Sat Jul 10, 2010 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is a word?
Replies: 77
Views: 9757

Re: What is a word?

I believe this conversation shows us clearly why attempts to define what a "word" is in linguistics haven't really gone anywhere. The elements we intuitively consider to be words form a class that is too heterogenous and has limits that are too fuzzy for the definition to be of any use. I ...
by SeverinK
Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: People that claim ethnicity but don't speak the language...
Replies: 47
Views: 8875

Re: People that claim ethnicity but don't speak the language

As for your list, the only language I can speak for is Pirahã. While it has very few speakers, almost all of its speakers are monolingual (a few speak very broken, rudimentary Portuguese), it is absolutely 100% alive within the tribes of speakers, and the only way it would die is if all its speaker...
by SeverinK
Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find
Replies: 225
Views: 86049

Re: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find

Trones wrote:Way late, and more than a buck short, but is the word verisimilitude?


Nope, that doesn't really convey the idea of it being a lie. Verisimilitude would be glossed as: the quality of that which is VERISIMILAR and "verisimilar" simply means "probable".
by SeverinK
Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Has anyone ever heard of Earth Minimal?
Replies: 22
Views: 6148

Re: Has anyone ever heard of Earth Minimal?

It can be amusing as a game but I have to admit that all attempts to decompose meaning into discrete units have always seemed a bit clumsy and unnatural to me (which is also why I’ve never been much of a fan of structuralist semantics). And let’s not forget that meaning is always a bit individual – ...
by SeverinK
Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Varsågoda och ... tala svenska! [Swedish Practice]
Replies: 41
Views: 13634

Re: Varsågoda och ... tala svenska! [Swedish Practice]

Tack så mycket för att ha korrigerat mig! Jag hade alltid hört av D.S. - vad betyder det?
by SeverinK
Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Varsågoda och ... tala svenska! [Swedish Practice]
Replies: 41
Views: 13634

Re: Varsågoda och ... tala svenska! [Swedish Practice]

Hej! Jag tänkte att det skulle vara kul att väcka den här döda tråden och visa världen att svenska fortfarande är ett av Europas populäraste språk (eller har åtminstone mycket potential). Jag läste andra trådar i det här forumet och fick intryck att det finns fortfarande några människor kvar på xkcd...

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