Communication by telegraph and telephone leave no time for reflection or consultation and demand an immediate and often hasty decision (1917).
The moral is to see a doctor when you have pain in the gut, not to consult a linguist.
Semantic primes represent “the complete inventory of simple universal concepts that are embedded in the lexicons of all (or most) human languages.” Do they suffice?
The relationship between language and thought has exercised many great minds. Is Goddard and Wierzbicka’s attempt any advance?