On Dec 25, 11:11 pm, "Peter T. Daniels" <gramma...@verizon.net> wrote: > On Dec 25, 8:01 pm, Yusuf B Gursey <y...@theworld.com> wrote: > > > > > > > On Dec 25, 1:54 pm, "Peter T. Daniels" <gramma...@verizon.net> wrote: > > > > On Dec 25, 11:43 am, Yusuf B Gursey <y...@theworld.com> wrote: > > > > > On Dec 25, 10:45 am, Andrew Usher <k_over_hb...@yahoo.com> wrote: > > > > > > Peter T. Daniels wrote: > > > > > > > The third explanation is that English is more versatile. IOW, > > > > > > > people can make up new words easily. I did this as part of > > > > > > > my job. > > > > > > > I take it you don't know Arabic? > > > > > > Her 'explanation', if true, is just a variant of my first i.e. the > > > > > classicists that control Latin insist on purity over accepting new > > > > > words like any living language must. > > > > > > Andrew Usher > > > > > I read that the Latin of the Vatican continuously makes up new words, > > > > There's a Latin radio station in Finland. > > > > > as well as the Latin used for taxonomy. ditto for Modern Standard > > > > Arabic, which is very closely based on Classical Arabic, and spoken > > > > Arabic is quite divergent from it. there is also Neo-Syriac. Israeli > > > > Hebrew is rather more deviant from Biblical Hebrew though. > > > > What does Neo-Syriac (or any form of Modern Aramaic) have to do with > > > the creation of modern scientific vocabulary? > > > I was talking about classical languages that have been revived for > > everyday use, including terms for new technology, not neccessarily at > > that point about scientific vocabulary, which I get into later. > > Modern Aramaic is not a classical language that has been revived for > everyday use, so what's your point? > > > > Israeli scholars do publish in Hebrew, but they realize that if > > > they're going to get an international hearing, they have to publish in > > > English (or maybe French -- when Israel was founded in 1948, its third > > > official language was French rather than English). > > > > > why isn't this cross-posted to a medical or biological NG? Latin based > > > > coinages are AFAIK more alive in those fields. philosophy tends, AFAIK > > > > towards german. particle physics is inovative: quark (a fundamental > > > > particle, IIRC from a type of german cheese, but based on a miss- > > > > Did Gell-Mann ever claim any connection with Ger. Quark?? > > > no, he didn't. > > Then why did you say he did? >
I said the word was from German, not that Gell-Mann claimed the connection.
> > > > > > quotation from James Joyce) and "color" and "flavor",(characteristics > > > > Joyce _didn't_ write "three quarks for Mister Mork"? > > > > > of quarks, it is said that inspired by ice-cream types that came in > > > > different colors and flavors while the theoretician was musing over > > > > the theory). ironically, the man responsible for these coinages is > > > > seriously interested in linguistics. > > > > Unfortunately he fell in with a "linguist" who is not taken seriously.