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
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).