[Lexicog] archaic entries

David Tuggy david_tuggy at SIL.ORG
Tue Feb 14 14:57:38 UTC 2006

"This process is steady over time" is hard for me to process. It seems 
to me to go by fits and starts and to be constantly surprising rather 
than steady and predictable. I think you could leave out the first part 
of the sentence, perhaps saying "Some words that our ancestors used are 
no longer used or understood today." Or leave the whole sentence out: it 
adds little to what has already been said.

What did you mean? That the process does happen quite unstoppably, so 
that the present state of the language shows it as much as any past 
state did?

--David Tuggy

Ron Moe wrote:

><snip>I would propose the following, which I have just
>drafted as part of the documentation package for the new FieldWorks program
>being developed by SIL:
>Usage Labels: Obsolete and Archaic
>Words change over time. Old words fall out of use and new words are coined.
>Words change in their pronunciation and meaning. This process is steady over
>time, so that today some words that our ancestors used are no longer used or
>understood. <snip>
>Any reactions or suggestions?
>Ron Moe

Yahoo! Groups Links

<*> To visit your group on the web, go to:

<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to:
    lexicographylist-unsubscribe at yahoogroups.com

<*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to:

More information about the Lexicography mailing list