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    word stock

    How can we enlarge word stock of a given language?


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    Re: word stock

    Welcome to the forums.

    Do you mean how can you enlarge your vocabulary?

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    Re: word stock

    Quote Originally Posted by busra332 View Post
    How can we enlarge word stock of a given language?
    Why should "we" want to? Or is this an academic query?

    If it is, the same question is a good place to start. People need new words, or change the meanings of old ones (both consciously an unthinkingly), because something new is going on - a new country, a new environment, new technology, travel, conquest, discovery, exploration, experiment...

    Think about all those things.


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    PS This might be a good place to start: Neologism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: word stock

    I mean how we can enlarge the word stock of any language without borrowing from other languages. What should be done to protect any language of any nation.. ? Besides acronyms,compounds, back formation etc.,I wonder the other ways.. I expect that there will be some interesting ideas..


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    I don't believe that this kind of restriction can ever work. It is not natural in any language to have no influences from other languages. Certainly the French - despite their Academie's attempts to prevent "pollution" - use words from other languages freely.

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