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Message  gerardM Mer 19 Nov - 19:23

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By some estimates the English language has more than a million words. It’s impossible to nail down an exact figure, but it’s generally agreed that no other language has nearly as many
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6,000 languages spoken on Earth, and all of them describe the breadth and depth of human life. But since all of these languages provide slightly different ways of seeing the world

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Message  MurielB Mer 19 Nov - 21:34

Hi Gérard
Thanks for "hacer la sobremesa". Il means to have an after-dinner chat. I didn't know about it !

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Message  gerardM Mer 19 Nov - 21:41

Hi Muriel,

I liked this article.
I could find a confirmation English had more words than any other language in the world. This is a clue En has got words where other languages have expressions, En is denser than other languages...
A language shows the point of view of the people, the way people sees world and life. Languages have more words in the domain of their specialties eg war, army, cooking, fashion, fragrance, beauty and luxury, etc for French.

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Message  MurielB Mer 19 Nov - 21:47

English had more words than any other language in the world
I knew that but why ? Is there something to do with their culture, their pragmatism ? I don't know....

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Message  gerardM Mer 19 Nov - 21:50

My personal theory:
- many people invaded the British islands and the language received many foreign influences
- English language and English people are very respectful: they keep teh words brought by invaders; this leads to oodles of similar words bt as I like to state, there are no true synonyms
- at the same time, the consequence of various different pronunciations led to many suttle sounds and to the compactness of the language.

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Message  MurielB Mer 19 Nov - 22:09

Gérard you have studied language history and you must be right. I don't know much about it. Thanks for all these explanations.

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Message  gerardM Mer 19 Nov - 23:08

> you have studied language history
Really?
scratch

I'm open to any explanations.

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Message  MurielB Jeu 20 Nov - 22:32

Gérard what about your blog. I know that one of your hobbies is European language history. Am I wrong ?
http://volangues.blogspot.fr/2011/01/histoire-des-langues-europeennes-2.html

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Message  gerardM Jeu 20 Nov - 23:17

Good memory Muriel!   You Can’t Say That In English! SmileJap

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Message  gerardM Mer 26 Nov - 23:17

Hi Muriel, hi everyone,

English has got more words than any other language; we could think they can use lots of synonyms and avoid repetition.
However, they don't hesitate to repeat the same word several times in a sentence where the French absolutely ban this.

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