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Re: Grammar
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0912  Tuesday, 2 April 2002

[1]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Monday, 1 Apr 2002 17:45:08 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0907 Grammar

[2]     From:   Nora Kreimer <
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        Date:   Monday, 1 Apr 2002 21:54:14 -0300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0907 Grammar

[3]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Monday, 1 Apr 2002 22:13:46 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0907 Grammar

[4]     From:   Eva Dikow <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 2 Apr 2002 08:14:44 +0200
        Subj:   AW: SHK 13.0907 Grammar

[5]     From:   Steve Roth <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 2 Apr 2002 06:42:06 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0907 Grammar


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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Monday, 1 Apr 2002 17:45:08 +0100
Subject: 13.0907 Grammar
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0907 Grammar

Q: "Is there a word which describes a word that has several meanings?"

A: useful.

m

Seriously, doesn't "homonym" do the job?

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From:           Nora Kreimer <
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Date:           Monday, 1 Apr 2002 21:54:14 -0300
Subject: 13.0907 Grammar
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0907 Grammar

One of my friends, a linguist, suggested simply "polysemy". Will that be
what you required? No pun intended.

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From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Monday, 1 Apr 2002 22:13:46 -0500
Subject: 13.0907 Grammar
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0907 Grammar

Homonym or homograph. No Czechs; cache only please.

Clifford

> Is there a word which describes a word that has several meanings?
>
> Steve

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From:           Eva Dikow <
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Date:           Tuesday, 2 Apr 2002 08:14:44 +0200
Subject: 13.0907 Grammar
Comment:        AW: SHK 13.0907 Grammar

Dear Steve,

Depending on the word discussed (or maybe sometimes on your personal
attitude towards different linguistic phenomena and/or lexicographical
procedures...) you would either speak of POLYSEMY (from Greek, "having
many meanings") or HOMONYMY (from Greek "having the same name").

Cheers,
Eva

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From:           Steve Roth <
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Date:           Tuesday, 2 Apr 2002 06:42:06 -0800
Subject: 13.0907 Grammar
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0907 Grammar

>From:           Steve Sohmer <
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 Sorry to digress (I don't have an answer to Steve's question), but
given the subject line here, I have to ask: should "that" and "which" be
swapped in this question?

My general rule is "use 'that' unless it sounds wrong; then use
'which'." But this one sounds right either way. ??

(I studiously refused to learn sentence diagramming in school, so please
excuse my ignorance.)

Thanks,
Steve
http://princehamlet.com

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