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Spider Expert 16/05/10(Tue)07:17 No. 752785

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Does English have a richer technical vocabulary than any other language?

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Sonichu 16/07/12(Tue)10:11 No. 755398

Citation needed!

Novice Equestrian 16/07/12(Tue)10:15 No. 755399

Where's Latin on that tree?
Also, it doesn't account for the intermingling of the languages.

[tags4lyf]PEARS 16/07/12(Tue)17:58 No. 755405

>Where's Latin on that tree?
Follow the line that starts with "ITALIC" (as in, of Italy); no one would leave that out. You may have noticed the complete exclusion of Asian languages; for which their must exist either a separate tree or a root deeper than Proto-Indo-European.

>Also, it doesn't account for the intermingling of the languages
Not that it isn't important, but for the purpose of that chart not so relevant. It's only showing how root languages split into sublanguages, not how each (surviving) language evolved into it's modern form. That would be a much more complicated chart, and quite a difficult task.

Take, for example, Modern English >>754978.
The Angles and Saxons who migrated from Germany and and warred with the Celts for what would become the British Isles certainly did not speak any romance language, but learned to when they were conquered by Rome and then, centuries later, by the Norman French. Culturally, they remained mostly Anglo-Saxon, but linguistically yes, quite a mess by that point already (try reading Canterbury Tales sometime). A few centuries later, the British Empire spread their language around the world, but also brought back new words and concepts from every corner of the earth while creating numerous dialects and creoles among their subjects. There aren't many languages English doesn't share something with these days.

symbion 16/07/23(Sat)11:57 No. 755755

Perhaps that is more due to the polite culture than to the language itself?
But also, language and culture are intertwined...

[tags4lyf]PEARS 16/07/23(Sat)17:52 No. 755759

>language and culture are intertwined
Indeed, you will find that Japanese people only understand things through approximation and inference, and are not really capable of communicating details and establishing comprehenshion. They seem to think this is because of their polite culture.

I find it difficult to get people to listen to what I say if I end sentences with definite verbs like "desu" (be verb) or "~masu" (action verbs) or by calling things by their actual names.

It's much easier to get understanding in Japan by being vauge, and taking the extra time that they take to arrive at a conclusion about what you intend to be saying--they way they do it to each other.

It's proposterous for me to teach Japanese grammar, so just take these as suggestions:

In place of desu and other "be" verb equivalents, reconjugate and use "desho", the seems-to-be verb. They will repsond as if you had asked a yes or no question, and possibly allow you to move on to your next point. In English it would sound like this (A & B are both Japanese people):
A: "That seems to be a dog."
B: "Yeah, must be."

Then you could go on to imply a purpose in your talking about the dog, to which they will reply by asking if there is a purpose in your talking about the dog.
A: "Speaking of dogs, I went to a pet shop yesterday."
B: "Did you go to a pet shop?"

At this point you might tell them anything really so long as it has even the most remote connection to that dog or dogs in general.

In japanese they call this "nemawashi" (going around the roots) and it is considered the only most supreme method of rhetoric in their language. The strategy here is to coerce another into agreeing with your point of view or understanding what you have to say by never getting to the point of it, but going all around the topic as many times as necessary until they come to the conclusion you have planned for them.

Some other annoying ways japanese people fail communicate :
"x tei-yuu (na) y"
a y said to be (an) x (by unnamed others) - because it is presumptuous for youself to be the one who knows what a thing is called. Knowing what a thing is will get you singled out as an otaku of that thing; no matter what the thing is. If you display any intrisnic knowlege of any subject matter they will call you "kuwashi" in an envious tone.

"x mitai-na y"
a y that seems/looks like (an) x - often used for wildly innapropriate comparisions; this is how you describe something to someone who has never experienced it. Japanes people, as a rule, have never experienced anything--even if they have. It is quite the faux pas to present yourself as having any kind of worldly experience, but acceptable to remember something like an experience if you can draw a comparision between it and any other mundane and marginally related expereinces.

A: "There was this really cute dog said to be a beagle."
B: "Said to be a beagle? What's does that seem to be? (desho?)"
A: "A cute kind of dog that comes from America."
B: "Oh yeah, America has lots of cute dogs."
A: "Right, and then there was this thing going on that seemed like a sale."
B: "What was the sale said to be?"
A: "It was said to be a springtime sale on dogs."
B: "Did you buy a dog?!"
A: "Well, it seems like I can't have pets in my apartment."
B: "That's too bad; so why did you go to the pet shop?"
A: "I like dogs, and I often think about getting one."
B: "Well then you'll have to move! Are you going to move?!"
A: "Exactly! I'm moving next month."
B: "Oh wow, congratulations! Are you going to get a dog then?"
A: "Well, I don't know, I'll have to check the apartment contract and speak to my landlord."
B: "Contract? Landlord? You really know a lot. (kuwashii...)"

N3X15 16/07/24(Sun)06:27 No. 755775

That sounds like a delightfully strawberryed way of communicating.

Sazpaimon 16/07/24(Sun)07:57 No. 755780

It's like all the effort of the Socratic method but applied to small talk instead of philosophical insights.

Mudkip 16/07/24(Sun)08:50 No. 755782

Philosophical insight you will find hauntingly lacking in modern Japanese people.
Superfluous effort, however, they have in great abundance.

zeneslev 16/08/06(Sat)10:51 No. 756136

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Yet in other aspects, the Japanese are very fond of precision.

PrettyPony 16/08/06(Sat)14:55 No. 756142

Any excuse to work too hard is a good excuse to work too hard in Japan.

Spiderman 16/08/12(Fri)13:54 No. 756383

In computer science, a lot of languages have a shared vocabulary borrowed from English but morphologically integrated into their own language (for example, using the word "computer" but pluralizing it according to their own inflectional paradigms.)

In chemistry and biology, most languages including English have a shared vocabulary borrowed from Latin and Greek. Physics too, to a lesser extent.

So the answer in "not really." Most world languages will import words as needed. The words may come from English in some cases but they become German, Vietnamese, Urdu, etc.

zeneslev 16/08/12(Fri)14:16 No. 756385

Languages dont really share shit with English, because English is a language that stole shit from everything else.

Just like how America was founded.

Steve 16/08/12(Fri)14:17 No. 756386

computer itself is a latinate.

before the technological item existed, this described humans who were specialists of calculation.

[tags4lyf]PEARS 16/08/23(Tue)04:48 No. 756793

That says nothing of the specifically technical vocabulary, nor does it address the potential for words to develop on their own in the absence of a foreign influence.

Lorf 16/08/23(Tue)07:35 No. 756804

Yeah... Was I supposed to address that?

Weeabot 16/08/23(Tue)17:03 No. 756813

I've head that Russian has a ton of great words that are next to impossible to translate, if you're into sci-fi literature.

I'm not into sci-fi literature and don't speak Russian, so I can't verify that.

tee 16/08/23(Tue)20:25 No. 756817

That's from the same properties of the Russian language that allows you to fill an entire dictionary with inflections of and compounds containing the word for dick (ั…ัƒะน).

tee 16/09/29(Thu)19:56 No. 757901

Why is that relevant?

symbion 16/10/11(Tue)09:12 No. 758745

Youtube  >>755065
You will be able to someday.

Spider Expert 16/10/11(Tue)14:45 No. 758761

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The future can't get here fast enough.

Moot 16/10/16(Sun)07:47 No. 759012

I have an english major friend.

Maybe she'll do research on this topic someday.

[tags4lyf]PEARS 16/10/16(Sun)08:45 No. 759018

Never leaving the house. All food in pill form. Having sex with a gelatinous blob vr'd to look like Oprah Winfrey from the "Color Purple".

I can't wait.

O.P. 16/10/16(Sun)08:52 No. 759021

Truly amazing times are coming my friend.

Lorf 16/10/24(Mon)06:15 No. 759315

I've no problem talking like that, but I wouldn't be so *shallow*.

Weeabot 16/11/04(Fri)22:51 No. 759699

I would be surprised, really, if no research has been done into this question already.

It seems simple enough.

I mean, they've done research on the information density, and syllable speed of languages.

symbion 16/11/29(Tue)08:35 No. 760417

What is this nonsense?

r000t 16/11/29(Tue)23:31 No. 760431

Too much ambiguity

Twincess Applesparkle Rainbowfly 16/12/17(Sat)05:53 No. 760830

I didn't ask why it is the way it is, but that would be another interesting question to think about.

You're probably right, by the way.

It seems pretty obvious.

tee 17/01/04(Wed)22:43 No. 761435


zeneslev 17/01/04(Wed)23:12 No. 761440

School and life.

Go get some.

4chan user 17/01/19(Thu)20:04 No. 762007

Not a reliable source.

Mudkip 17/02/02(Thu)16:52 No. 762386

The increased use of the English language globally has had an effect on other languages, leading to some English words being assimilated into the vocabularies of other languages. This influence of English has led to concerns about language death,[127] and to claims of linguistic imperialism,[128] and has provoked resistance to the spread of English; however the number of speakers continues to increase because many people around the world think that English provides them with opportunities for better employment and improved lives.[129]

He-Man 17/02/16(Thu)10:15 No. 762693

Okay, so it's not the most appropriate.

It's also not wholly inappropriate.

Cryomancer 17/03/11(Sat)04:41 No. 763179

That's not a source.

Steve 17/03/11(Sat)06:46 No. 763185

It's ok, wikipedo. I am a source; I am an English teacher.

OP 17/03/11(Sat)14:01 No. 763216

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And then it was over, LOL.

Sazpaimon 17/03/31(Fri)17:53 No. 763781

>either a separate tree or a root deeper than Proto-Indo-European.

It would be interesting to see that tree.

Sazpaimon 17/04/26(Wed)11:23 No. 764832

so many words

p4ch3c0 17/05/13(Sat)13:26 No. 765922

Hm... I think so.

Weeabot 17/05/14(Sun)01:27 No. 765947

Linguists are still trying to figure out the details of that. They don't always agree with each other about how the branches of such a tree should be connected because it's not always easy to tell which features of a language come from within and which are from mixing with other languages.

Miku Fanboy 17/05/30(Tue)05:11 No. 767276


W. T. Snacks 17/06/16(Fri)00:44 No. 768075

French has great potential for legal language
German has its best when it's about emotion
English works perfect when used scientifically

Think about it

Nyan Cat 17/07/03(Mon)21:24 No. 768798

That wasn't the point I was trying to make???

Twincess Applesparkle Rainbowfly 17/07/04(Tue)01:43 No. 768803

No. There isn't any good equivalent to the Swedish word "fackverkskonstruktion".

Truss work construction? Not as succint.

[tags4lyf]PEARS 17/07/16(Sun)23:21 No. 769481

That raises the question of how to measure vocabulary.

[tags4lyf]PEARS 17/07/19(Wed)20:24 No. 769651

It's literally the same number of syllables and morphemes in either languages; one just has more spaces than the other.

Optimus Prime 17/07/20(Thu)05:20 No. 769679

No one who speaks German could be an evil man.

PrettyPony 17/07/20(Thu)12:01 No. 769716

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Sonichu 17/07/21(Fri)16:11 No. 769870

Lots of people like to claim that they're moral relativists until you bring up Hitler and slavery. It turns out that the majority of people don't have any concrete idea what exactly it is that they believe.

W. T. Snacks 17/07/21(Fri)16:19 No. 769871

>It turns out that the majority of people don't have any concrete idea what exactly it is that they believe
Where I grew up there are a lot of fans of both, who have very concrete beliefs about them, but i wouldn't credit them with having any ideas of any kind.


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