Example sentences for: jespersen

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  • In his Growth and Structure of the English Language, Otto Jespersen noted how few diminutives English has, and how little it uses them.

  • Jespersen may have overstated the case, but there is no doubt that whereas no Hispanic male would hesitate to call a little pig a chanchito , few American men would care to be heard calling one a piglet .

  • A chronological structure would have directly juxtaposed Jespersen with Woolf and then enabled the reader to find a way through the developments in the debate, giving a more coherent picture of the broadening issues.

  • According to the great Danish linguist, Otto Jespersen, there are five theories to account for the origin of language: the bow-wow theory, in which speech imitated animal calls; the pooh-pooh theory, in which people made instinctive sounds through physical or emotional reactions; the dingdong theory, in which people reacted to the environment; the yo-he-ho theory, in which people spoke when working together; and the la-la theory, in which speech arose from the romantic side of life.

  • Most investigators, feminist and nonfeminist alike, agree that women's vernacular differs from men's: Jespersen listed adjectives favored by women, noted women's use of “little” intensifiers.


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