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Re: You have a word for it?

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Monday, January 28, 2002, 1:44
From: "Elliott Belser" <renyard@...>

> The reason I got into conlanging is because ENGLISH IS > IN-FRIGGIN-ADEQUATE! So I made up a lot of words for things that > don't exist in english.
But English does have a large vocabulary, since it's a hybrid language for the most part, being two dialects of Low German (Anglo-Saxon) bred with a northern dialect of French (Norman) and a lot of borrowings from Greek and Latin as well as all the "colonial" languages, whether Native American, Middle Eastern, African, Indian Subcontinent, East Asian and so on and so on. However, it doesn't have the rich system of verb derivants that the Semitic language have, for instance. I think the problem with English and every other language on the globe is that there are just some things that are hard to describe in concrete thoughts. My conlang is only able to express in one or two words that English needs six or more is because lexical meaning is so vague and figurative, where words can take on different meanings depending on phrasal context. (I call these "relative words".) ~Danny~ _________________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Get your free address at