From: BrettMan35@webtv.net (Brett Robertson) Date sent: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 22:33:51 -0500 (EST) To: email@example.com Subject: Re: virus: The naming of parts. was RE: virus: Technology (was manifest science) Send reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Joe: ...words and their meanings are arbitrarily paired...
> Me: If this were true, no two people could use words to communicate.
They are arbitrarily paired, then everybody sharing a particular language learns to use the same arbitrary pairing for the new word from the context in which it appears, and teaches it to their offspring. Get it? What's more, the sound pattern half of these pairings changes with the passage of time (it's called linguistic drift). Why should those things on our feet be called shoes? Because some place in the far distant past, someone started calling them something from which over time the specific sound pattern of 'shuu' has emerged.
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