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Re: Natlang redundancies WASRe: A question and introduction

From:Andy Canivet <cathode_ray00@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 12, 2002, 18:21
It makes sense though - as soon as we "chunk" terms together in an acronym,
some semantic content is lost - the same thing happens with old words which
have lost their meaning for most of the speakers but continue to be used out
of habit (eg. chainmail armour - is chainmail one word or two?) - and it
only makes sense that this would happen when a place name is borrowed into
another language...

>From: Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...> > >Siyo! >This is a contemporary phenomenon, too. "ATM machine" >means "automated teller machine machine" and "PIN >number" means "personal identification number number". > >Clint > > > > BTW, the phenomenon you describe is common in the > > world's languages: > > In "Missisippi River", the Fox morphemes are "big > > river", and in > > "Gobi Desert" it's "great desert". > > >__________________________________________________ >Do You Yahoo!? >Yahoo! - Official partner of 2002 FIFA World Cup >
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