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John McKeon

Interested in possibilities of StackExchange for my enlightenment in mathematics and Vietnamese language.

Interested in linguistics and subscribe to the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) school, which distinguishes itself by treating linguistics, pragmatics and culture with a deeply semantic perspective. So, grammar is treated as an aspect of meaning and is not an end in itself. (Fancy looking papers in linguistics which look like algebra I treat with the ignorance that I think they deserve. And by the way I love algebra. It has no place in semantics however. Strong prejudice!)

At it's heart NSM theory proposes that there are about 65 lexemes (semantic primes) found in all languages which form the basis of explication for all other meanings in any language. Most of the vocabulary of any given language does not have one to one correspondence with other languages, but the 65 known primes do have exponents in all languages. Example English exponents are I~ME, WANT, THINK, KNOW, NOT, BECAUSE, WHEN, WHERE.

Pioneering proponents are Anna Wierzbicka and Cliff Goddard, both professors of linguistics in Australia.

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