[Ads-l] semasiographic; xenolinguist

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 19 22:39:00 EST 2017


> On Feb 19, 2017, at 7:46 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> Pronounced in the movie "Arrival" as "sem uh 'sigh o graffic.”

Still not as bad as “Sapir” (as in the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis) pronounced in the same movie as /‘sae pair/.  (Maybe “expert linguist Louise Banks” thought William Safire was involved.)

LH
> 
> I'd have preferred "exolinguist," BTW.
> 
> JL
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