[Ads-l] words connected to a single provenance

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Aug 28 15:03:38 EDT 2018


And if we’re doing technical terms associated with figures in the sciences, why stint our own and related ones?

Generative: Chomsky
Implicature: Grice
Performative: Austin
Presupposition: Strawson
Behaviorism: Watson
Utilitarianism: Bentham
(And Freud gets a few—ego, id, superego, unconscious, and repression just for starters)

> On Aug 28, 2018, at 2:45 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Mark Mandel  wrote:
>>> Uncertainty maybe in the Heisenbergian sense, but surely not in the
>>> pre-existing sense(s)
>>> (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncertainty)
>>> 
>>> 1 : the quality or state of being uncertain : doubt
>>> 2 : something that is uncertain
> 
> Laurence Horn wrote:
>> True, but not that different from relativity in this respect, or some of the
>> other words that have old general senses and new single-provenance
>> technical ones.
> 
> A list with "relativity" and "uncertainty" should probably include
> "incompleteness". Special senses emerged from the work of Albert
> Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, and Kurt Gödel, respectively.
> 
> Great thanks to Fred for recalling the title and author: "Authorisms"
> by Paul Dickson.
> 
> The book description begins with the statement: "William Shakespeare's
> written vocabulary consisted of 17,245 words, including hundreds that
> were coined or popularized by him." On this list the problem of data
> collection bias has been mentioned. As databases have grown the number
> of coinages ascribed to Shakespeare has shrunk.
> 
> Geoff asked for "words in more-or-less general use that are associated
> with a single prominent historical or literary provenance", so this
> book should be helpful. The book was published in 2014; hence, the
> etymological information may not be completely current.
> 
> Garson
> 
> 
> 
> 
>>> Mark Mandel, certain of his own name
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Tue, Aug 28, 2018, 9:26 AM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
>>> 
>>>>> On Aug 28, 2018, at 4:53 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at DUKE.EDU> wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>> relativity
>>>>> 
>>>>> Stephen
>>>> 
>>>> I’ll call your relativity and raise you (also translated from the German)
>>>> uncertainty, via Heisenberg (not the one played by Bryan Cranston)
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