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Book: The Five-Minute Linguist

Chapter: 8. Is there a Right Way to Put Words Together?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38127


Words and combinations of words don’t have a ‘real’ meaning. They only mean what we agree they’ll mean, and different groups may come to different agreements. Besides, language isn’t a fixed system. It evolves.

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  • Dennis Preston ( - dpreston) 'Oklahoma State University'