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Re: Genitive Relationships again

From:Albert REINER <areiner@...>
Date:Monday, March 15, 1999, 18:46
On Mon, Mar 15, 1999 at 10:32:11AM -0500, John Cowan wrote:
> Sally Caves scripsit: > > > What if it was taken to the nth degree, and EVERY > > noun that described something capable of being possessed > > had a different word for it: My book, but your scroll, his > > tome. >
> > The Taelon language (from _Earth: The Final Conflict_ on > U.S. TV) uses the same sentences for radically opposed > notions: notoriously, "We come in peace" and "We come in > anger" sound the same. >
I don't know anything about Earth, but maybe this was inspired by something like Latin "altus" or similar words that --- in other languages --- may be translated in two radically different forms. I very much doubt that Taelonites (or whatever their name) feel any kind of incompatibility between the two notions; they probably only say that the amount of peacefulness/anger that they have in mind in their approaching the others (whoever they be) is far removed from some ordinary, indifferent state. Put differently: they have a _very_ well-defined idea of the peacefulness in which they approach others. Albert. -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Post an / Mail to / Skribu al: Albert Reiner <areiner@...> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------