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Re: Verb-classifiers and preverbs.

Date:Saturday, May 3, 2008, 15:17
In a message dated 5/3/2008 01:17:57 AM Central Daylight Time,
conlang@AEROJOCKEY.COM writes:

> I believe the reason "ism" was able to break free is that English > speakers tend to parse -ism words as compound words, since -ism is added > to a noun and results in a noun. They think of "ism" as a word roughly > meaning "focus". Compare the above to the following hypothetical > sentence: "I will not tolerate racefocus, sexfocus, agefocus, or any > other focuses." See? It's "right" to parse it as a compound in one > case, "wrong" in the other, but there's really not much qualitative > difference between the two. >
I agree with all of this except the use of "focus". I don't think "focus" comes anywhere near the meaning of "ism". stevo </HTML>