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THEORY: lexical shift [was Re: Time machine]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Saturday, July 13, 2002, 3:40
Quoting Christopher B Wright <faceloran@...>:

> ObLanguage: There are (almost) no new words in any language. To get a > specialized vocabulary for time travel or space travel, what would a > language do?
What? There are always new words being added to every language in active use. These arise spontaneously, and constantly. In the case of new technology, there are many ways to describe something: morphologically (e.g. railroad); polysemy (e.g. computer); sheer coining (e.g. googol); borrowing, calquing, etc. etc. ===================================================================== Thomas Wier "...koruphàs hetéras hetére:isi prosápto:n / Dept. of Linguistics mú:tho:n mè: teléein atrapòn mían..." University of Chicago "To join together diverse peaks of thought / 1010 E. 59th Street and not complete one road that has no turn" Chicago, IL 60637 Empedocles, _On Nature_, on speculative thinkers