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Re: Comparison of philosophical languages

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, January 27, 2003, 2:53
Shreyas Sampat scripsit:

> Similarly, I don't need to have a grammatical structure for telling my > listeners that I'm about to say something that's a foreign borrowing. I > guarantee you that if I pronounce it even close to correctly, they'll > notice that I suddenly used a foreign word. I don't need to know where > words end and begin because I, like any other human, am smart enough to > hear words in connected speech. That's all extraneous information.
In Lojban, unambiguity at the phonological, morphological, and syntactic levels is an explicit goal, so self-segregating words are a requirement. Lojban (and Loglan) also provide self-segregating morphemes within words, though this was not always so. The reason is to prevent members of the community from coining identical words that have different morpheme constituents; for a single language creator, such collisions would be easily avoided, but in a community, collisions must be prevented.
> And again, I challenge you to give me > the grammatical role (noun, verb, etc) of any word by its form alone.
I bet there are languages where you can unambiguously tell nouns from verbs by their infixes, though I can't mention any straight off. -- A mosquito cried out in his pain, John Cowan "A chemist has poisoned my brain!" The cause of his sorrow Was para-dichloro- Diphenyltrichloroethane. (aka DDT)


Aidan Grey <grey@...>Vocab #10a and b