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Re: 'Nor' in the World's Languages

From:Dennis Paul Himes <himes@...>
Date:Sunday, August 13, 2006, 2:26
Yahya Abdal-Aziz <yahya@...> wrote:
>>> In your conlangs, what kinds of logical connectives have you implemented? >> >> This is still being worked out in Seezzitonian, but for Gladilatian I >> have: >> >> ... >> >> hra word1 {hra word2} wo word3 >> "word1 {or word2} or word3" (inclusive or) >> >> ... >> >> za word1 {za word2} we word3 >> "word1 {and word2} and word3" >> >> For each conjunction there is no upper limit to the number of >> conjuncts. > >> Nested conjunctions are unambiguous due to having one word before the last >> conjunct and another before the others. So A and B or C is: >> za A we hra B wo C >> for A and (B or C), and >> hra za A we B wo C >> for (A and B) or C > > Using such "complemented conjunctions" gives a natural bracketing of > logical terms. Perhaps we might call them "self-segregating > conjunctions"?
> Dennis, you've used "wo" as the "complement" to your first two > conjunctions, and "we" as the "complement" to the rest. Since word order > brackets them unambiguously, it would be possible to use just one form (eg > "wo") for all complements, wouldn't it?
> Taking this one step futher, could the complement be represented by the > null morpheme Ø? Eg > za A hra B C = A and (B or C), > and > hra za A B C = (A and B) or C.
Not for all conjunctions. For instance:
>> fna word1 {fna word2} wo word3 >> "exactly one of word1 {or word2} or word3"
fna A fna B wo C is false if A, B, and C are all true, but fna A wo fna B wo C is true if A, B, and C are all true. If we left out the "wo"s they would both be "fna A fna B C".
> Hmm, this is starting to look a lot like RPN (Reverse Polish Notation)!
It actually looks more like regular Polish Notation. =========================================================================== Dennis Paul Himes <> Gladilatian page: Seezzitonian page: Disclaimer: "True, I talk of dreams; which are the children of an idle brain, begot of nothing but vain fantasy; which is as thin of substance as the air." - Romeo & Juliet, Act I Scene iv Verse 96-99