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by lexyacc
Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Explaining the ten hundred words used by Thing Explainer
Replies: 4
Views: 4749

Re: Explaining the ten hundred words used by Thing Explainer

On the learnthesewordsfirst.com website, the table-of-contents page only lists irregular inflections of each headword (for example, "eat, ate, eaten"). When you click to go to the lesson, you will see all of the word's inflected forms, both regular and irregular (for example, "eat, ea...
by lexyacc
Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you love.
Replies: 680
Views: 130088

Re: Words you love.

Hapax legomenon.

My kids used to ask me what name I would give to a pet. I would always say, "If we got two of them, I'd name one Hapax and the other Legomenon."
by lexyacc
Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Explaining the ten hundred words used by Thing Explainer
Replies: 4
Views: 4749

Explaining the ten hundred words used by Thing Explainer

The Thing Explainer book ( http://blog.xkcd.com/2015/05/13/new-book-thing-explainer ) explains "Complicated Stuff in Simple Words" using only the 1000 ("ten hundred") most common English words. But what if the 1000 word vocabulary is still too complex and you want to explain thin...
by lexyacc
Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The hierarchy of definitions in a language
Replies: 11
Views: 4873

Re: The hierarchy of definitions in a language

If you have dictionary with no circular definitions, you can sequence it into layers using recursive-dependency statistics. And this creates a hierarchy of definitions. The "NSM+LDOCE: Non-Circular Dictionary of English" (that I mentioned before) has been used to create such a hierarchy: -...
by lexyacc
Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Writing the PhD thesis as "Thing Explainer"
Replies: 2
Views: 6914

Re: Writing the PhD thesis as "Thing Explainer"

You might also try this tool: http://learnthesewordsfirst.com/WordFindingTool.html It's like Simple Writer, but the words you type are listed in three groups: 1. The most simple 360 words in black. (Click each word to go to an illustration or explanation.) 2. The most common 2000 words in blue. (Cli...
by lexyacc
Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The hierarchy of definitions in a language
Replies: 11
Views: 4873

Re: The hierarchy of definitions in a language

Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) has been used to construct a dictionary with no circular definitions, see: Bullock, D. 2011. "NSM + LDOCE: A Non-Circular Dictionary of English" in the International Journal of Lexicography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 24.2: 226-240. Abstract: This ...

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