A better way to convey
the meaning of a word.
One part of communication might be analyzed as follows.
But language is not perfect and duplication varies
depending on level of agreement on the meaning of the words.
- A person has a thought in their mind and wishes to duplicate that
thought in another's mind.
- The "sender" directs words (symbols) to the "receiver".
- The "receiver" gets these words.
- And then interprets the words and duplicates the thought.
These are almost... but not quite... the same.
The "sender" may use definitions to help choose the best words... words
most likely to give good duplication of the thought.
The "receiver" may use definitions to help understand the intended
meaning based on how people often use words.
The "sender" may want to use "good language"... language that
the "receiver" will duplicate well.
But the "receiver" needs to know how people actually use the words,
not how they "should" use them.
Our Present Orientation
This project emphasizes how people actually use words,
rather than how they "should" use them.
We want to hear from you. Please send comments and questions.
See Robert K. Ware
for information about the author and contact information.