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Re: Comparison of philosophical languages

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 22, 2003, 18:10
Florian wrote:
> >There are only 180 root words in Ygyde, not enough > >to define God, heaven, hell, and baptism. From the > >linguistic point of view these words are not very > >important, because they are not very common. > >I personaly have no religion, but i do believe this statement might offend >a vast part of mankind. And a lot of people use these words (especialy god, >i think) rather often. I happen to know some peolpe with who any >conversation lasting more than 5 minutes turns to something related to god. >I think they would be pretty embarassed if they had no word for this, and >needed each time to say something as "u know, that guy in the sky. well >actualy he is not a guy, and not in the sky but u see what i mean." that >pretty much longer than "god". :P
I've met people claiming to be agnostics for whom the Swedish words for "hell" and "god" certainly belong within the 180 commonest ones. Imagine the type of person whose every fifth word is "fuck" speaking a language where swearwords and similar are predominantly from the religious area ... However, do you have any lexicostatistic data proving/suggesting that not even "god" or "hell" rank among the commonest 180 roots in normal speech? I'd almost thought they did. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Help STOP SPAM with the new MSN 8 and get 2 months FREE*


Andrew Nowicki <andrew@...>