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Re: LIFO languages (was Re: "Theory informs practice" - OK?)

From:Yahya Abdal-Aziz <yahya@...>
Date:Thursday, November 20, 2008, 16:37
On Sun, 16 Nov 2008, Jörg Rhiemeier wrote:
> > Quoting Lars Finsen: > > Does anyone ever use those registers of German in real-time > > conversation, however? > > Not much at least. Complicated nested sentences are a matter of > written language almost exclusively, and spoken German avoids > such hairy constructions. Nobody ever *speaks* sentences like: > > Wer denjenigen, der den Wegweiser, der an der Brücke, die über > den Bach, der von Ahausen nach Bettelheim fließt, führt, steht, > umgeworfen hat, anzeigt, erhält 500 Mark Belohnung.
It's the kind of thing one might almost expect to be written (in very small writing) on the signpost itself ... In English, approximately: Whosoever reports whomever has upset the signpost, which stands at the bridge, which leads over the brook which flows from Ahausen to Bettelheim, [shall] receive a reward of 500 DM. And it _exactly_ the kind of thing my peers me, their professors in Germany when lectures giving, do would, told - only very much tamer, is. Indeed, the best "performances" by these Old Masters of the stacked verb, their audiences on the edges of their seats, in awful suspense for upwards of *half an hour* whilst for the final cascade of verbs, which finally of the many hundreds of words that them preceded, sense make would, waiting, riveted, sitting, have would. That, not a bad feat for a university lecturer, whose students else, just for the opportunity at the end of the lecture to leave, waiting, to doze off be likely would, is! The relief of that last word hearing and all the pieces together slotting, just imagine ... Maybe they did it to strengthen their students' memories? Or to show off? Or (like the programmer in the old joke) "just because they could"? Oh, all right, I'll cop it sweet - I *was* that programmer. Regards, Yahya -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yahya Abdal-Aziz Convener, Graphics SIG Convener, Music SIG Melbourne PC User Group (MelbPC) Share my music, paintings, equation art, and thoughts on books, online at eSnips: Enjoy learning about Uiama, a conlang (constucted language) at: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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