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    #11

    Re: Who created words?

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    How does sound connect with understanding?
    Again, it is arbitrary. Even onomatopoeia, where the sounds are supposed to reflect the meaning, are cultural- there are many different ways of describing common sounds like dogs barking or cockerels. We need sounds to convey meaning, but the sounds we use vary from language to language, and most of the time have little connection to the meaning we convey. We absorb the sounds others use and follow the patterns.

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    #12

    Re: Who created words?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Again, it is arbitrary. Even onomatopoeia, where the sounds are supposed to reflect the meaning, are cultural- there are many different ways of describing common sounds like dogs barking or cockerels. We need sounds to convey meaning, but the sounds we use vary from language to language, and most of the time have little connection to the meaning we convey. We absorb the sounds others use and follow the patterns.
    I kinda disagree but maybe you are kinda right.

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    #13

    Re: Who created words?

    Do some Google searches on animal sounds by language to see some incredibly interesting, as well as highly amusing, lists of how animal sounds vary by language. Most are fairly similar and/or logically different, with some exceptions - how the Japanese hear 'boon boon' as representative of a bee 'buzz' or 'boo boo' for a pig's 'oink' is beyond me.

    These differences seem like a fun thesis paper for somebody in an Applied Linguistics program. Either that, or the title of a good children's book - "Old McDonald's World Vacation".

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    #14

    Re: Who created words?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Do some Google searches on animal sounds by language to see some incredibly interesting, as well as highly amusing, lists of how animal sounds vary by language. Most are fairly similar and/or logically different, with some exceptions - how the Japanese hear 'boon boon' as representative of a bee 'buzz' or 'boo boo' for a pig's 'oink' is beyond me.

    These differences seem like a fun thesis paper for somebody in an Applied Linguistics program. Either that, or the title of a good children's book - "Old McDonald's World Vacation".
    This is kinda interesting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oIe...ature=youtu.be.

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    #15

    Re: Who created words?

    If nobody alive created the first words I really don't understand why some people be correcting others or why there is unnecessary corrections.

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    #16

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    How could words not be created by someone who was alive? Do you think dead people created words?

    As an aside, if I ever find out who created "kinda", I will hunt them down, dead or alive, and make them sorry.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #17

    Re: Who created words?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    How could words not be created by someone who was alive? Do you think dead people created words?

    As an aside, if I ever find out who created "kinda", I will hunt them down, dead or alive, and make them sorry.
    I meant the first person who created the first words or the first language. Why is it bad to use "kinda"?
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    #18

    Re: Who created words?

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    Why is it bad to use "kinda"?
    It's not bad, and it may one day be accepted as standard English. In 2015, however, it is not part of standard English. If u wanna like sound sorta educated, then u gotta forget such words. They are OK in chatrooms and, for some people, in texting, but that's all.
    Last edited by Piscean; 16-Aug-2015 at 18:53.

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    #19

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    Last edited by mawes12; 15-Aug-2015 at 14:13.

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    #20

    Re: Who created words?

    The fact that a word is in the dictionaries does not mean that it is fine to use it in all contexts.

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