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By Thomas R. Hofmann

Offers an figuring out of ways which means works in average languages, opposed to a heritage of the way we converse with language. Examples are selected ordinarily from English to supply fabric for the broader dialogue of the rules of the topic, yet ecu, East Asian and different languages additionally supply illuminating examples.

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Otherwise, it is used for groups of sheep of all ages, for sheep of unknown age or whose age(s) is not important - and so for adult sheep too. [Yng] [Neg- Yng] if age is known and relevant lamb [Shp] sheep if otherwise ('unmarked') This seems quite elementary and obvious, but these blocking relationships sometimes lead people to think that the general word has two meanings. e. SHeeP that are not YouNG), but this is not always obvious. Similar to the relation between sheep and lamb is the relation between goose and gander [male goose].

Similarly, avoiding a word like kill suggests that the speaker sees the causing and the dying as separate events, though that may well not be the intent, and it might even be that they don't know the word kill. Because we can only guess why a person has avoided some particular word, we must exclude conclusions (actually guesses) based on its avoidance from meaning (content). Instead, they are merely what one can conclude from one aspect of the expression, word choice - not too different from concluding something about the speaker because they are hesitant in saying something, or, at the other extreme, if they look you straight in the eye as they say it.

The word for snow is not so common in Arabic). Because complex and detailed meanings can be used in only a few cases, we call these words highly marked or specific. e. associations between sound and meaning, that a language has. Often one language has a single word for a concept that another language does not, such as the French words lendemain, veille for [the next day] and [the previous day]. English, on the other hand, manages quite well without these words but has many words for mechanical objects that French finds no need for, such as typewn·ter (Fr: machine ecrire).

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