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context sensitivity (was Re: nominator sentences (was Re: cases)

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Monday, September 11, 2000, 22:35
In a message dated 2000:09:11 1:34:02 PM, hsteoh@QUICKFUR.YI.ORG writes:

>Context would be required to make this clear. (I love context sensitivity! >:-P) Of course, a participle can be used for "sent" to disambiguate the >meaning; but native speakers don't like to use it if the context makes >things clear.
I like context sensitivity, too. It seems like a lot of isolating languages tend towards this. Pidgins (but to a lesser degree, creoles) also tend towards making context a major means of communication. Pushing context sensitivity seems to be very expressive, i.e.: "a humanity ago" => long ago I think this is how isolating languages (& pidgin/creole languages) can "overcome" the rigid word-order to be more expressive, stylistic, even poetic (afterall IMHO Classical Chinese is wonderfully poetic & has been way ahead of EuroAmerican poetics up to the early 20th Century CE). czHANg