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We as in humans. My comment was somewhat based on personal observation of
myself and others learning a new language. Think about the first 5-7 verbs
that a baby learns or that a second language learner learns: am, have, come,
go, want, do, look, etc. Once you know these verbs, plus the words for who,
what, when, where, how, why, yes, no, and a couple of hundred terms (train,
food, drink, hotel, road, street, etc.), you can get your basic needs met.
But, if you only know the vocabulary terms and not the verb, you won't know
the context of how the word is being used. "Look out for the car" is
totally different than "Buy the car", for example, as is "Eat the food" and
"Don't eat the food".
However, there has also been a lot of research on how babies acquire
language and how adults learn second languages....(see also Google Scholar:
language acquisition, natural language processing, semantic processing,
Here are a few that talk about how language acquisition works:
-- Imitating operations on internal cognitive structures for language
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From: Milan Davidovic [mailto:milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Saturday, August 04, 2012 2:19 PM
To: Kit Brown-Hoekstra
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: STE corporate dictionary
On Sat, Aug 4, 2012 at 1:42 PM, Kit Brown-Hoekstra
<kit -dot- brown -at- comgenesis -dot- com> wrote:
> Avoid adding technical verbs, if you can. I say this because of the
> way we process unfamiliar terminology
"We" as in people who read? If so, is there publicly accessible research on