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Re: Comparison of philosophical languages

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 22, 2003, 19:07
Andrew wrote:
>Andrew Nowicki wrote: >AN> There are only 180 root words in Ygyde, not enough >AN> to define God, heaven, hell, and baptism. From the >AN> linguistic point of view these words are not very >An> important, because they are not very common. > >Andreas Johansson wrote: > >AJ> I've met people claiming to be agnostics for whom >AJ> the Swedish words for "hell" and "god" certainly >AJ> belong within the 180 commonest ones. Imagine the >AJ> type of person whose every fifth word is "fuck" >AJ> speaking a language where swearwords and similar >AJ> are predominantly from the religious area ... > >OK. You are right. "Hell" and "god" are common words, >but you would not use them frequently as root words. >"Religious" is a more versatile root word than "hell" >or "god" and so it has to be the only religious root >word in a limited vocabulary of the root words.
As you may be aware, I was temporarily nomail when this discussion started. I'm beginning to think you are using the term "root word" differently than I assumed. So, to keep down the rate of misunderstandings, could you spell out what you mean by "root word" here? (It may be pointed out that the Swedish words in question, _gud_ och _helvete_, are historically derived, but synchronically are unitary non-analyzable words.) Andreas _________________________________________________________________ STOP MORE SPAM with the new MSN 8 and get 2 months FREE*


Andrew Nowicki <andrew@...>
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