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Re: CHAT: Ugly linguistics terms (was Re: inventory of cases)

From:Josh Roth <fuscian@...>
Date:Saturday, July 3, 1999, 0:00
In a message dated 7/2/1999 3:28:15 PM, writes:

>On Mon, 28 Jun 1999, Brad Coon wrote: >> My first exposure to the whole concept of ergativity was in a sketch >of Inuit >> grammar which >> as you note, used the term Relative. I have used it ever since in my >languages >> although the >> genitive sense has usually been lost once cases started proliferating. > I just >> can't see myself >> ever using the term 'ergative' which has got to be the ugliest word >in all of >> linguistics (IMNSHO). > >That's got to be one of the top 5 or so, but I'd say "inchoative" in #1 >:O) >
Hmmmmm... I love the word ergative! I think the ugliest word is glottochronology (and its derivatives). Josh Roth