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Universal Language Dictionary

From:And Rosta <a-rosta@...>
Date:Sunday, May 19, 2002, 11:48
I would be interested in people's views on the efficacy and
utility of Rick Harrison's Universal Language Dictionary,
which, iirc, used a combination of various strategies to
compile a list of the 2000 most basic content words of
language. In particular, I'd like to know
(a) whether there are apparently strange inclusions and
(b) how far the 2000 words get you towards a functional
(c) the extent to which the 2000 words cover semantic space,
so that they at least serve as hypernyms for the many extra
words that would still be needed.



Herman Miller <hmiller@...>