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[probably OT] Perl in Natural Semantic Metalanguage
Very interesting! It seems like there are too many terms for time though, and you could cut a few others out if you traded OPPOSITE for some of the other primitives, such as: ABOVE, BELOW, BIG, SMALL, NEAR and FAR, though this is not really a decomposition.
The terms "colour", "bright", "dark" and "smell" are curious omissions, given the inclusion of SEE, TOUCH and HEAR. Are there languages where these are not concepts? Anybody like to take a crack at decomposing these into the primitives?