Meysam
I just learned the term 'duplicative plurality' which reminded me of my first trip to Malaysia. From overhearing people and reading signs I noticed that they have so many words that are simply constructed by repeating some word. The particular one I remember is 'jalan jalan'. I remember that time I started thinking about that we have similar construct in Persian. Not only we repeat words to indicate plurality we also might change the second word to indicate assorted plurality. I have always been interested in how words are shaped. Even from early childhood my brain could automatically recognise the way a word is shaped. Sometimes learning about words root feels like the joy you will have after solving a puzzle. Like the word for 'curious' in Persian literally means 'exploring corners' but one might not naturally notice it's funny root. So one reason for my passion to learn languages is because I love words. I wonder if there is a word for a person who loves words? Examples of duplicative plurality: Jalan Jalan(Bahasa): to walk around Door door(Persian): to drive around Khenzel penzel(Persian): assorted hoarded items Charand parand(Persian): nonsense talking Joor vaa joor(Persian): of varying kinds, various Sar aa sar(Persian): from one head to another head, comprehensive, global, national Do you have these kind of words in your language:
Oct 15, 2020 10:41 PM
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I just learned the term 'duplicative plurality' which reminded me of my first trip to Malaysia. When I would overhear people and read signs, I noticed that they had so many words that were constructed by repeating some word. The one I remember in particular is 'jalan jalan'. This word made me think about how we have a similar construction in Persian. Not only do we repeat words to indicate plurality, we also sometimes change the second word to indicate “assorted plurality.” I have always been interested in how words are constructed. Even from early childhood, my brain could automatically recognise the way a word was put together. Sometimes learning about a word’s etymology feels like the joy of solving a puzzle. For example, the word for 'curious' in Persian literally means ‘exploring corners' but one might not naturally notice its funny root meaning. One reason for my passion for learning languages is my love of words. I wonder if there is a word for a person who loves words? Examples of duplicative plurality: Jalan Jalan(Bahasa): to walk around Door door(Persian): to drive around Khenzel penzel(Persian): assorted hoarded items Charand parand(Persian): nonsense talking Joor vaa joor(Persian): of varying kinds, various Sar aa sar(Persian): from one head to another head, comprehensive, global, national Do you have these kind of words in your language?
Very good! There were some words which were not quite the right choice for the context (like “how a word is shaped” — very poetic but a little ambiguous about what you mean exactly 😊) but overall very readable!
October 15, 2020
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Meysam
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, Persian (Farsi)
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin), Persian (Farsi)