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Re: USAGE: objects of either directivity

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 24, 2003, 19:32
JS Bangs scripsit:

> Perhaps I missed another post on this, but: "bridi", "sumti", "brivla": > what are these words, and what do they mean? They look like Sanskrit > grammatical terms to me, mixed with an allusion to Spanish grammar.
As others have noted, they are Lojban grammatical terms. A "bridi" is a predication, a predicate as applied to arguments. A "sumti" is an argument. A "brivla" is a word that can by itself serve as a predicate. In "The rat ate the cheese", the whole sentence is a bridi, the sumti are "the rat" and "the cheese", and the brivla is "eats". All these words have the regular Lojban zero plural. Etymologically, "brivla" is "bridi valsi", or bridi word. -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis vom dies! John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)