I’m particularly interested in the taxonomical value of which language a word belongs to. Is that meaningful?
I mean, of the major language groups used today, how many words have been created, merged, and absorbed?
And when a word “comes from” a language, what are we talking about? Common usage/contemporary authority pronouncement?
These are questions I’ve had over the years, but now that I teach words, and often know where they, ahem, come from, I’m having a more difficult time than ever to claim something is a word or not, or is English, etc.
Discuss! I bet at least two of you studied this and know terms for these concepts!