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Terminology question

Postby Lex » Wed Sep 17, 2003 2:10 pm

Let's say that I'm trying to write a Greek/English flash card program using Visual Basic and an Access database. And let's say that in this program, I intend to group words in the database together in a fashion that makes a modicum of sense. For example, the words:<br /><br />[face=SPIonic]<br />lu/w, lu/eij, lu/ei, lu/omen, lu/ete, lu/ousin<br />[/face]<br /><br />would be grouped together under the first person singular [face=SPIonic]lu/w[/face].<br /><br />And [face=SPIonic]i(/ppoj, i(/ppe, i(/ppon, i(/ppou, i(/ppw|[/face], etc., would all be grouped together under the nominative singular [face=SPIonic]i(/ppoj[/face].<br /><br />Is there a proper term that describes both nominative singular declensions and first person singular conjugations? Base? Root? None of these seem quite right.<br />
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Re:Terminology question

Postby Jeff Tirey » Wed Sep 17, 2003 2:24 pm

The only thing i have seen is just "paradigm"
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Re:Terminology question

Postby Lex » Wed Sep 17, 2003 2:33 pm

[quote author=jeff link=board=2;threadid=658;start=0#6204 date=1063808659]<br />The only thing i have seen is just "paradigm"<br />[/quote]<br /><br />Yeah, but a paradigm is the entire pattern that you use to incline the words, or so I understood. <br /><br />I suppose it's not all that important what I call a field in a database, anyway. Nobody is going to see field names, if I get the program to handle everything the way I want it to. But I'm anal that way. :-[
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Re:Terminology question

Postby Clemens » Wed Sep 17, 2003 2:52 pm

Is there a proper term that describes both nominative singular declensions and first person singular conjugations?
<br />The German word "Wörterbuchform" describes the form of the word that you can find in the dictionary. Maybe there is an English equivalent... ???
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Re:Terminology question

Postby Lex » Wed Sep 17, 2003 2:57 pm

[quote author=Clemens link=board=2;threadid=658;start=0#6207 date=1063810372]<br />
Is there a proper term that describes both nominative singular declensions and first person singular conjugations?
<br />The German word "Wörterbuchform" describes the form of the word that you can find in the dictionary. Maybe there is an English equivalent... ???<br />[/quote]<br /><br />Dictionary form? Hmmmm, that will work as well as anything else, I suppose. Thanks.
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Re:Terminology question

Postby klewlis » Wed Sep 17, 2003 3:01 pm

It's properly called the "lexical form", as in the form you use to look it up in the lexicon :)
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Re:Terminology question

Postby Jeff Tirey » Wed Sep 17, 2003 3:12 pm

[quote author=Lex link=board=2;threadid=658;start=0#6205 date=1063809230]<br />[quote author=jeff link=board=2;threadid=658;start=0#6204 date=1063808659]<br />The only thing i have seen is just "paradigm"<br />[/quote]<br /><br />Yeah, but a paradigm is the entire pattern that you use to incline the words, or so I understood. [/quote]<br /><br />That's very true but I have also seen it used with just the first person singular present active of a verb.
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Re:Terminology question

Postby Paul » Wed Sep 17, 2003 3:38 pm

[quote author=Lex link=board=2;threadid=658;start=0#6208 date=1063810649]<br />[quote author=Clemens link=board=2;threadid=658;start=0#6207 date=1063810372]<br />
Is there a proper term that describes both nominative singular declensions and first person singular conjugations?
<br />The German word "Wörterbuchform" describes the form of the word that you can find in the dictionary. Maybe there is an English equivalent... ???<br />[/quote]<br /><br />Dictionary form? Hmmmm, that will work as well as anything else, I suppose. Thanks.<br />[/quote]<br /><br />Hi,<br /><br />You might try the english word 'lemma'.<br /><br />Cordially,<br /><br />Paul<br />
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Re:Terminology question

Postby Lex » Wed Sep 17, 2003 4:14 pm

[quote author=jeff link=board=2;threadid=658;start=0#6210 date=1063811522]<br />[quote author=Lex link=board=2;threadid=658;start=0#6205 date=1063809230]<br />Yeah, but a paradigm is the entire pattern that you use to incline the words, or so I understood. [/quote]<br /><br />That's very true but I have also seen it used with just the first person singular present active of a verb.<br />[/quote]<br /><br />OK, I didn't know that. <br /><br />Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I think I'll use "lexical form". "Lemma" brings back too many painful memories of math courses I've had in the past. ;)
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