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How to Find a Taniwha: English & Maori Words
Author: Trevor Lloyd
isbn: 9781927242483

English and M?ori are separated by as great a distance as any two languages on earth, but this book reveals a previously unrecognised connection between their vocabularies. Many languages have similar sounds and all have similar semantic elements that make up word meanings. But the existence of the same or equivalent sounds and elements of meaning in many words of two unrelated languages, as described in this book, is very surprising and cannot be explained by current linguistic theory. The explanation is also surprising. The book describes semantic elements of words that constitute what may be called an alphabet of word meaning that is common to every language. The connection between the two languages comes from a tendency for these ‘alphabetic’ semantic elements to combine with sounds that are articulated in ways that form natural analogies for them, as occurs in both M?ori and English where it is facilitated by their similar repertoires of sounds. Although word meaning is fundamental to language, linguists have not been able to shed much light on how it is constructed. This ‘alphabet’ provides an answer to one of the enduring puzzles of language. –

2014 Paperback 136 pages
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