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A clew to the past

"Desynonymy" is the curious term Samuel Taylor Coleridge applies to the growth of human languages. In Chapter IV of his Biographia Literaria¬† (1817), Coleridge argues that "in all societies there exists an instinct of growth, a certain collective, unconscious good sense working progressively to desynonymize those words originally of the same meaning [...]." Similar divisions… Continue reading A clew to the past