[Milton-L] language question

jfleming at sfu.ca jfleming at sfu.ca
Fri Feb 10 13:03:08 EST 2006


Freud called them primal words. Since he was writing in German, about
ancient Egyptian, I don't think the phenomenon has anything to do w/English,
but w/language. JD Fleming

On Fri, 10 Feb 2006 15:41:17 -0500 milton-l at lists.richmond.edu wrote:
> Learned friends:
> Please help me remember what (I think) I once knew.  What is it about the
> evolution of the English language that results in certain words--e.g.
> "cleave"--having antithetical meanings?  Is there a term of art for these
> kinds of words?
> Thank you in advance for your help,
> Anita Sherman


James Dougal Fleming, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English,
Simon Fraser University,
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