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Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know

From:Christopher Wright <faceloran@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 7, 2003, 19:35
Mark Reed palsalge:
[snip "to know" vs "to know" vs "to know"]
>So how come we conlangers all felt the need to make this distinction?
It's unthinkable that we can be more vague than the languages we're familiar with. There is a tendency to overcorrect this "problem" by making sometimes absurd distinctions. F'rinstance, I made a word valokei which means "to advance slowly and menacingly, delivering deep terror while seeming absolutely confident in your success over the opponent". About the matter at hand, though, I'd use the verb "to have" for knowing how to do something. "Im kardem hedei", I have eat-infinitive, would mean that it is within my power to eat, and therefore I have the required knowledge. (For the equivalent of English "to have to", I use the copula; I am to eat, there is no avoiding it, my existence requires the action of eating.) ~Wright Hey! Did I exceed my posting limit for the week?


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