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"To be" or not "to be"? (was Re: TRANS: something slightly moredeep)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Monday, February 7, 2000, 2:18
Paul Bennett wrote:
> Are there a significant number of natlangs where there is > no simple way to oppose (for example) "this chair exists" against "this > chair does not exist"?
In Watakassí, they'd probably say "this chair is real" vs. "this chair is not real" or something like that. I'm not sure how natlangs handle it, but I'm pretty sure there are ones without a complete equivalent of "exist" -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor