Words & Meaning
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Posted 9/5/14
A word simply the combination of a sound and meaning that is assigned to that sound by a group pf people.

I thought this was common sense since we cannot understand words from other languages without learning what they mean. But apparently this is not the case. I've met quite a few people who think words have intrinsic meaning.

So did you know this? Is this news to you? I want to see how common knowing this is.

As a side note, it is for this reason that there is no such thing as a real or official word. As long as a sound or set of sounds is mutually understood to mean something, it is a word.
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Natural "sounds" have meaning, or at least the ability to convey emotion.

I've never been able to see intrinsic meaning in words, but it's possible to reason out what some mean through context and tone. People might not realize that's all it is because they always go hand-in-hand and attribute the obvious meaning to the word itself, I guess.

Likely especially true for native speakers and slang.

Pretty interesting topic to think about, really.
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i don't know... different words make me feel different emotions just based on reading it/not understanding it if it's another language. you can sometimes guess what a word means if you can recognize groups of letters or the sound of it.

two people who don't speak the same language can communicate to an extent with sounds and gestures, and eventually come to an understanding. but it isn't an instant amazing thing. it could take months or years.
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Posted 9/6/14
Well, there are some common words regardless of language such as "mama". Then there's that "yo" which means the same thing between English/Japanese.


Another thing to think about is that music is processed in the brain the same way as language... and it is universally understood. You can show a German person English music and in studies, 100% of samples have correctly distinguished the emotions involved. Researchers think music is an evolutionary thing that even appears in whales.
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