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Re: CHAT The motto: (was: Conlang Coat of Arms)

From:Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>
Date:Monday, September 6, 2004, 10:44
--- In, Ray Brown <ray.brown@F...> wrote:

> But the 'cogito' versions are maybe longer than we'd want for a motto > below a shield. In Latin the constructions used for reported > speech/thought ("oratio obliqua" is what the traditional grammar books > call these forms) are so distinctive that it is not at all uncommon just > to find whole sentences or, indeed, paragraphs written as 'oratio
> with no introductory verb of speaking/thinking if the context is
clear. Cool. German does that too, with the mixed Konjunktiv.
> My preference is: "Me accusativum praefixo indicaturum"
With my scant 2 years of Latin in school, I could not have decoded this correctly. I probably would have attributed the indicaturum to accusativum, and mistaken the praefixo as a 1s verb form. Me, then, would have had to be a weird dative form, maybe of a conlang word: "I prefix an accusative, yet to be demonstrated, to the word 'me'." =P I had no trouble understanding the wrong sentence, though, nor the correct one in direct speech. -- Christian Thalmann