Re: Natural Semantic Metalanguage
|From:||Richard Kennaway <richard@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 19:43|
At 14:48 +0100 20/11/07, Mr Veoler wrote:
>> Yes, they are.
>> AW discusses and justifies each prime in "Semantics: Primes and Universals".
>> ISBN 0-19-870003-2
>> If you can find it in a library, then you can look at it before (or instead
>> of) buying.
>> stevo </HTML>
>I will see if I can find it, though English linguistics books are unheard of
>here in a small Swedish town. But there are other towns. I will probably buy
>the book whenever I will buy Describing Morphosyntax. Thanks.
Something to note is that the theory has undergone substantial
changes over the years. At one point, Wierzbicka reduced the set of
primes to 11; currently there are over 60. Books from different
periods may say different things.
I'm reminded of a series of competitions Edward de Bono set in the
columns of a long-deceased science magazine called Science Journal,
back in the 60's. One of them was to design a language containing
not more than twenty words. I remember few details, though, and I
don't know of those columns being published in a more lasting form.
But it might be interesting to try the same idea here.