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How do people discussing NSM primes ensure they're thinking of the same meanings?

Natural Semantic Metalanguage sets out number of semantic primes. A semantic prime is a meaning which cannot be reduced to a combination of simpler meanings. The Wikipedia article has a table of them, ...
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Reduce the number of semantic primes

I was reading up on the semantic primes and I have the impression that the list is too long. Indeed, if one were to add the term OPPOSITE, GOOD could be OPPOSITE BAD, DIE would be OPPOSITE LIVE and ...
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Can a semantic prime have a homophone which is also a semantic prime?

If semantic primes which are homophones exist, is it possible to create sentences which have perfectly valid interpretations which differ? I'm thinking of something like a "meaning" hash-collision ...
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How to define colors in the Natural Semantic Metalanguage?

The Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) attempts to reduce the semantics of all lexicons down to a restricted set of semantic primitives. But in NSM, colors are not semantic primitives. How then to ...
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NSM explication for 'left'?

How would the NSM explicate the word 'left'? As in, 'the table is to my left'. I just cannot think of any way to do it using the current 65 primes.
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How does the Natural Semantic Metalanguage deal with proper names?

The natural semantic metalanguage gives definitions of common words in terms of semantic primes, as can be found here. I am curious, however, as to how the NSM deals with proper names (or does it?) ...
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No Semantic Prime For Forming A Question?

"Huh", or some variant of it, is universal. http://huh.ideophone.org/ Yet, I see no word for forming a question in the list of semantic primes. There's "when/time", "where/place", but no "huh" or "...
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How similar are Talmy and Wierzbicka's theories of semantic primes?

I am an Italian PhD student in linguistics and I am interested in the analysis of the expression of Manner. I went throught the works of Lakoff, Talmy and Wierzbicka recently and their event semantics ...
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Languages Without "To" And "From"

I've been trying to construct sentences using only Semantic Primes (i.e., from the Natural Semantic Metalanguage). However, I'm having a difficult time figuring out how to do so without "to" and "from"...
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How far is Natural semantic metalanguage really natural?

The theory of Natural semantic metalanguage states there are about 70 words we need to describe anything. However, for example DEAD we could express like NOT LIVING and for instance Russian often ...
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