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who makes the words? Who decides what things like ‘trees’ and ‘shoes’ are called?

  • Written by Kate Burridge, Professor of Linguistics, Monash University

Who makes the words? Why are trees called trees and why are shoes called shoes and who makes the names? - Elliot, age 5, Eltham, Victoria

who makes the words? Who decides what things like ‘trees’ and ‘shoes’ are called?

Good question Elliot!

Let’s start with the first part of the question: who makes words?

Well, there’s no official person or group that’s responsible for making words. New words are invented by all...

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