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Re: Language Sketch: Gogido

From:Logan Kearsley <chronosurfer@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 0:45
On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 8:28 PM, Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...> wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 7:44 PM, Logan Kearsley <chronosurfer@...> wrote: >> Right. An alternative system (which results in exactly equivalent >> interpretations for my entire corpus so far, since I haven't taken >> advantage of the weirder ordering possibilities afforded by this >> system) is that anything unmarked before the verb is an agent, and >> anything unmarked after the verb is a patient. >> Hm. That's probably a better system, actually, since it allows you to >> elide any component without changing the rest of the sentence. Well, >> I'll decide for sure when I get to writing something where it actually >> makes a difference. > > Would elided components mean "an unspecified agent did such-and-such > action to this patient" and "this agent did such-and-such > action to an unspecified patient" and "this agent did an unspecified > action to this patient"?
Yes. One could say "I kick the ball" (all components stated), or "I kick" (patient unspecified) or "Kick the ball" (agent unspecified; the English makes that into an imperative, though, so it ought to rendered as the passive "The ball was kicked"). Or one could say "I ball-PAT" for "I did something to the ball". In Gogido, those would be "Mi zozi baro", "Mi zozi", "Zozi baro", and "Mi pa baro", respectively.
> Or are there rules for figuring out a default > agent, verb, and patient when they're not explicit, e.g. the same > as in the last sentence?
Nope. Well, unless "do something" counts a default verb. -l.