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Re: Tiny Grammar

From:Gary Shannon <reboot@...>
Date:Thursday, March 18, 1999, 3:17
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From: Charles <catty@...>
To: Multiple recipients of list CONLANG <CONLANG@...>
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 1999 10:58 PM
Subject: Re: Tiny Grammar
>> >> "Yesterday" is a word that takes one argument, a sentence, and returns a >> sentence. > >Very plausible, as was the suggestion that it modifies the verb. >An adverb might also modify an adjective. In all three cases, >the nice neat order-of-evaluation of predicates which SOV/RPN >seemed to promise, vanishes. The parallel with machine language, >where a programmer does "push arg1, push arg2, call(2) subroutine" >does not seem to hold, because once the subroutine is called >it can no longer be modifed; though its results can. >
Fascinating point. One I hadn't considered. I suppose it would like pushing a pointer to a function on the stack so the next function could modify the first function. Very poor programming practice, and probably not a very clean way to do a conlang grammar either. BTW: Expect some blunders on my part inasmuch as I'm strictly a computer-type guy with no linguistics training at all. I just happen to love languages in general and conlangs in particular. --Gary.