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Postby Dr. Goodword » Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:04 pm

• glottogony •

Pronunciation: glah-tah-gê-ni • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: 1. Glottogenesis, the origin of language. 2. The study of the origin of language.

Notes: Today's word is a synonym of glottogenesis: take your pick. Both come with adjectives and adverbs. Our word has glottogonic and glottogonically, and its synonym has glottogenetic and glottogenetically.

In Play: Six basic theories of how language arose only in our species have emerged since the 19th century. The top three are:

  • The bow-wow theory saw early words as imitations of the cries of beasts and birds.
  • The pooh-pooh theory saw the first words as emotional interjections and exclamations triggered by pain, pleasure, surprise, etc.
  • The ding-dong theory claims that all things have a vibrating natural resonance that was echoed by man in his earliest words.
For the other three, click here.

Word History: Ancient Greek, like Russian yazyk and English tongue, doubled the word for "tongue", glotta, as the word for "language". Glottogony was recently created by combining glotta + goné "birth, offspring, generation". Greek inherited glotta (and its variant glossa) from PIE glegh/glogh- "spike" (hence "tongue"). It emerged in Serbian as glas and Russian golos "voice". Goné goes back to PIE gen-/gon- "bear, give birth", which we find in borrowings like generate, gynecology, misogeny. The PIE word came through the languages of our Germanic ancestors as kind, kin, and king and German Kind "child" as in kindergarten, borrowed from German Kindergarten "chidrens' garden".
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Re: Glottogony

Postby Slava » Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:11 pm

And when poor speakers grate upon your ears, it becomes glottagony. 8)
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Re: Glottogony

Postby damoge » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:25 pm

what makes us think that other species have no language, if we set aside the fact that WE can't understand THEM.
I suppose it depends on the definition of language, but that is entirely at the mercy of prejudice.
When the crows come flying in to the yard next door to chase away a bird of prey after the hens there have set up an "emergency call" ruckus, I find it hard not to believe there is language involved.
My definition is "the ability to transfer information" and most frequently I see it in action as information that allows a change in behavior.
What am I deluding myself about here? What is wrong with my definition(s)?
Now, sense of humor is another thing, and for that, Slava, I thank you for your post here.
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