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Re: Can your conlang do this?

From:Simon Clarkstone <simon.clarkstone@...>
Date:Thursday, November 3, 2005, 1:02
Note to self: do not post to list late at night.  You may muck up the headers.

On 10/28/05, Yahya Abdal-Aziz <yahya@...> wrote:
> Punctuation matters. > > First letter:
[snip love-letter]
> ============== > > Second letter:
[snip same words re-punctuated to form hate letter]
> ============== > > Can your conlang do this?
Not yet, as I haven't got far enough with it. (Still really at the concept stage :->) However, I have had an ability *like* this in mind for a while. Since my maybe-up-and-coming language will have a completely explicit tree structure (not suitable for humans), but will lack puns, I will need some other forms of word-play. One of these is to have two sentences which flatten to the same list, but are different trees. e.g.: * / \ / \ * * / \ / \ A B C D and * / \ A * / \ B * / \ C D I am unsure as to the actually punning-possibility of this, but it sounds fun.