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Re: cases

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, September 11, 2000, 15:54
"H. S. Teoh" wrote:

> I'm still working out the details of this system, so things may change, > but the basic idea of context will remain. Just wondering if anyone else > knows of similar constructs in natlangs or other conlangs? I'd be curious > to know about them :-)
Lojban has the construction NP zo'u S, which creates a Mandarin-style topic-comment sentence. For example, "le finpe zo'u citka" = "yu2 chi1", which doesn't say if the fish eats or is eaten. But you can also say NP zo'u tu'e (arbitrarily long text) tu'u, which makes the NP the "topic" of all the sentences in the text. -- There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> no more / no less || to do / all things || with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein