Message from discussion Verbs and Nouns
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From: DKleinecke <dkleine...@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Verbs and Nouns
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 15:44:35 -0700 (PDT)
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On Sunday, April 8, 2012 9:03:58 PM UTC-7, Peter T. Daniels wrote:
> On Apr 8, 8:30=A0pm, DKleinecke <dkleine...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > There are languages in which utterances are mostly verbs. =A0There are =
nouns, of course, but they are few and far between.
> > I am curious to what extent there are languages in which utterances are=
mostly nouns. There are verbs, of course, but they are few and far between=
> > The most noun-heavy texts I have ever examined are English (American to=
be precise) engineering magazines. =A0Not only are they filled with nouns =
but what verbs do appear are generic and bland. Almost nothing is communica=
ted via verbs.
> > Are there any useful statistics in the literature? =A0Most corpus studi=
es are not focused enough. How about other languages than English?
> The "Basic English" experiment had ca. 18 verbs and close to 800 nouns
> (850 words total).
My question was intended to apply in the corpus sense. That's why I said ut=
terance. It's been a long time since I looked at Basic English but as I rem=
ember it indeed had bland generic verbs and the nouns carried most of the c=
But is it fair to consider Basic English a language ?