The Dignity of Words
by Francisco Gomes de Matos, a peace linguist from Recife,Brazil
What was your linguistic education like? Did you learn how to organize words not only as to their form and meaning but also their use ? How about dignifying use? To help you do that, below you will find four sets of nouns ending in -ity. What do they share ? A semantic feature which we might call positivity. Do join in and add other nouns.
On using the data below,reflect on how blessed you are communicatively but also ask yourself: have I been activating these nouns in my life, so as to deserve being called a dignifier?
3-syllable nouns in -ity
4-syllable nouns in -ity
5-syllable nouns in -ity
6-syllable nouns in -ity
7-syllable nouns in -ity
Received July 8th, 2010, revised July 12, 2010