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Re: Comparison of philosophical languages

From:Joseph Fatula <fatula3@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 22, 2003, 2:41
From: "Andrew Nowicki" <andrew@...>
Subject: Re: Comparison of philosophical languages

> Andrew Nowicki wrote: > AN> Ygyde performs well except for the names of flora and > AN> fauna. Most meanings of compound words can be guessed. > > Joseph Fatula wrote: > JF> I disagree. Consider: > > JF> noun-good-person Saint? Kindly old man? Defined > JF> as "altruist". noun-container-atom I haven't a clue. > JF> Defined as "aluminum". proper-noun-wild-geological-separation > JF> The Rift Valley in Africa? Defined as "South America". > JF> noun-electric-unit Watt? Volt? Amp? Defined as "amp". > JF> noun-cold-animal Penguin? Polar bear? Those little > JF> shrimp that live in cold water? Any Arctic/Antarctic > JF> species? Defined as "amphibian". noun-fast-warm-animal > JF> Horse? Buffalo? Defined as "antelope". > JF> proper-noun-cold-random-country Norway? New Zealand? > JF> Defined as "Argentina". noun-geological-angle Longitude? > JF> Latitude? Defined as "azimuth". > > Can you improve these definitions, or would you rather > define all these words as root words? How many root > words do we need to define compound words precisely? > I am thinking of flora, fauna, and words like > insinuation, overwhelming, and embezzlement.
For the examples I gave, I would use root definitions like the following: altruist = good-give-er (-er meaning one who does, like English) aluminum = Just borrow the word into Ygyde as closely as possible. South America = Borrow America, being a proper noun, and add the root for south. ampere = electricity-flow-part amphibian = land-water-animal antelope = Just borrow the word. Argentina = Borrow proper nouns. azimuth = Either borrow it as a scientific import, or use up-sky-measure. The biggest problem is that the roots of Ygyde are poorly suited for making the words people need most often. If I were you, I'd take a piece of text in English (or any other language you know) and break it down into the fewest root meanings that could encompass the whole thing. Then I'd make root words for the most common that are simple and easy to use.


Andrew Nowicki <andrew@...>