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|Author:||vetheran [ Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:17 pm ]|
I just finished the reading, that was assigned:
It was pretty straightforward, so no questions arose for myself, but I will try to summarise the main points just to be sure.
1. Word derivational problems: lack of historical evidence
2. The metaphor problems: Family tree is used to represent relations between languages, but has few flaws, like not considering the mixing from other languages (later roots are introduced to iron this one out). A paralell system of metaphores is suggested to complement each other, like -tree representing relatives and -roots representing ancestry in languages.
3. Te origin of words: can originate from multiple languages, which can not just give new words, but new grammatical rules as well. The possibility rate of independent development is unclear, but very slim.
Ps.: I liked this one
magyarul azt, hogy ’mindegy, egyre megy’, úgy is mondhatjuk, hogy egykutya, éppen, mint kirgizül, ahol ez úgy hangzik, hogy bir it, ami azt jelenti, hogy ’mindegy’, szó szerint pedig: bir ’egy’, it ’kutya’.
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