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Re: restricted semantics language

From:David McCann <david@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 21:06
On Tue, 2008-06-03, Nils Schaefer wrote:

> i wonder if anyone has got any sources/ideas to a priori languages where the > main feature is a highly restricted semantics, say languages that are > constructed around a set of sememes which are meant to be primitives out of > which many possible meanings can be generated. i have read about > wierzbicka's natural semantic metalanguage and have something similar in > mind, but without the academic approach and with a larger corpus with > perhaps hundreds of primitives.
An interesting attempt at an auxiliary language of that type was Kenneth Searight's Sona, with just 375 roots. You can download his book from