bingfu at USC.EDU
Thu Apr 23 13:52:58 UTC 1998
Thanks very much for your informative message and
keep me informed of your study!
By 'basic word', I mean of more frequency of use
in daily life than etymological.
For example, Chinese 'se4' and its English
counterpart 'puckery/astrigent' are not basic because
they are rarely used in food time.
On Thu, 23 Apr 1998, Frans Plank wrote:
> Dear Bingfu,
> the English taste adjective SALTY is not basic; it's transparently derived
> from the noun SALT.
> Arguably STALE is a basic taste term in English.
> My associates and I have been working on taste and other perceptual
> terminology for the last three or so years; we'll keep you informed about
> our findings when they are in publishable form. Much has already been
> written on this subject, though rarely from a serious crosslinguistic
> Frans Plank
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